L A S E L
THE NEWSLETTER OF LASELL COLLEGE
Message from the President 2
New Trustees 2
Campus Update 7-12
People at Lasell 13
Campaign for Bragdon 14
Annual Fund 15
Alumni News & Events 16-21
Lasell Village 22
Sports News 23
Class Notes Inside
TOM CHAPIN TO PERFORM
Billboard Magazine calls Tom Chapin "one
of those natural-born entertainers who,
with nothing more than guitar in hand, can
totally captivate." He will perform with the
New Philharmonia Orchestra at Reunion
Weekend, Saturday, May 15, 2004.
PERMIT NO. 51347
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A Q&A WITH THE ACADEMIC VICE PRESIDENT OF LASELL
Service-Learning an Emphasis
on Student Engagement
JlVECENTLY, VICE PRESIDENT OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS JIM OSTRO W DISCUSSED
the determined emphasis on service-learning at the College, explaining what it means to
the institution as well as to the students who participate in the process.
Q: From your academic perspective, how do
you define service-learning?
A: I define service-learning as the engagement
in community projects and related reflective activ-
ity that enhances both academic learning and
social awareness. The projects are typically, but
not solely, course-based projects that emphasize
disdpline-specific or cross-disciplinary discovery.
Q: Is it different from the concept of community
service, which is what students called their com-
munity activism a few years back? If so, how?
A: Service-learning is inclusive of, but goes
beyond, community service in that it is designed
around the primary objectives of academically-
based exploration and discovery. This means
that the activities involved in service-learning
always have to be constructed according to these
objectives. A key principle in service learning is
reciprocity: the development of a mutually bene-
ficial relationship between academic institution
Q: Why do you believe it is such an important
part of the educational experience for students
A: Three primary reasons:
First, service -learning is a key strategy with-
in our philosophy of connected learning — to
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THE ONLY AMERICAN WOMAN TO HAVE EVER
WON AN OLYMPIC MARATHON GOLD MEDAL
Marathoner Joan Benoit Samuelson
Addresses 148th Commencement
'SING THE MARATHON AS METAPHOR, WORLD RENOWNED RUNNER JOAN
Benoit Samuelson, whom Runner's World Magazine called "the greatest American
marathoner in history," spoke of pursuing one's goals with heart, and the need to take
advantage of unforeseen opportunities "to make them work for you." She conveyed that
message to the 168 graduates of Lasell College, at the 148th commencement ceremony on
Sunday, May 18, at 11 a.m. on Taylor Field.
'If s not in what place you finish, if s
that you have the heart to finish," Benoit
Samuelson said to the audience of some
1800 family members, friends, and Lasell
College faculty and staff who congregated
under a giant tent on Taylor Field, on a per-
fect May day, to celebrate the accomplish-
ments of the class of 2003.
Saying that running marathons —
"120,000 miles in my career — has been an
extension of my education," the Bowdoin
College graduate talked about how she had
continued on page 8 Joan Benoit Samuelson addresses the graduating class.
MESSAGE FROM THE
Service-Learning: Redefining Lasell's Historic
Commitment to Engaged Education
1 HE FOCUS OF THIS EDITION OF LEAVES IS ON SERVICE-LEARNING: HOW IT IMPACTS THE
lives of our students and those they serve as well as the subtle changes it has begun to create in the
culture on campus.
Service-learning, which incorporates an academic
learning component into the long tradition of
student volunteering to help the less fortunate in
society, has a special place in the life of Lasell.
What became a trend in higher education in the
sixties and seventies was for Lasell merely a redef-
inition of a historic commitment to a more
engaged form of education. As an institution
embracing a practically-oriented liberal arts educa-
tion, Lasell and its students long ago embraced a
sense of social responsibility. In modern times, we
integrated it into our unique connected learning
educational philosophy, adapting volunteerism
especially for those fields which, unlike Fashion or
Business, had no ready-made internship compo-
nent. Service-learning at Lasell is interdisciplinary,
cutting across various academic departments. As a
result, students get to know one another, and
have a greater understanding and respect for each
other's work and academic disciplines.
Service-learning provides the perfect nexus
between traditional liberal arts majors and our
commitment to experiential learning. Now, more
than 40 percent of our students are engaged in
service projects, supported in the curriculum
by an increasing number of faculty who not
only share their time and talents but also gain
great insight into the root causes of poverty and
deprivation. Whenever I talk about service-learn-
ing, I am reminded of the almost apocryphal
story of an academic dean responding to an
enthusiastic mother who wants the same oppor-
tunity of volunteerism for her son, a high school
junior, as her daughter, a sophomore in college
engaged in volunteerism. The purpose, the dean
reminds the sincere mother, is not to preserve
poverty as a palliative for the well-to-do (to
assuage guilt and instill a sense of compassion)
but to introduce policies and practices which
diminish its magnification.
That is what Lasell students do: they make a
difference and want to effect permanent change.
By giving freely of their time and talent, when
many carry demanding academic course loads
and have to work to pay for their education, they
also change the climate on campus from one of
self-indulgence to one which also focuses on
sharing the good fortune which brought them
For those of you who care about this extraordi-
nary college and its commitment to changing
lives, thank you for enabling our students to reach
beyond their limited personal horizons. You do
make a difference!
Thomas E. J. de Witt, Ph.D.
Two New Trustees Elected
A.T THE JUNE 2003 BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING, TWO NEW TRUSTEES
were elected to the Lasell College Board.
Susan Hass is currently Professor of Manage-
ment at Simmons College School of Management
(SOM) in Boston, MA. At Simmons College, Ms.
Hass has served on the undergraduate Faculty
Council, the Council of Graduate Faculties, the
Honorary Degrees Commit-
tee, the Compensation
Committee, and the college-
wide Strategic Planning
Committee. She is presently
chair of the School of
Courses Ms. Hass
has taught at the SOM
Reporting and Analysis,
Current Topics in
Accounting, and Strategic Performance
Measures. She is currently conducting
research in the area of enterprise-wide risk
management and its relation to performance
measurement. Her prior areas of research
relate to the quality of service in professional
Before joining the faculty at Simmons SOM,
Ms. Hass was employed as an audit manager at
Coopers & Lybrand (Pricewaterhouse Coopers) in
Boston. While Ms. Hass's primary specializations
were in multinational and national manufacturing
and banking, she also instructed in national staff
training programs. In 1975, she was the Business
Manager and Controller for the Massachusetts
Horticultural Society in Boston.
She earned her undergraduate degree, summa
cum laude, from Boston University School of
Management. She holds an M.BA. with a con-
centration in Marketing from the Harvard Uni-
versity Graduate School of Business.
Marisa L. Mascaro has 10
years experience managing
complex energy projects in the
environmental, health and safety
fields. She is an environmental
attorney and Director of Project
Development for SCS Energy,
LLC in Concord, MA, a position
she has held since 2000. At SCS,
she has responsibility for permit-
ting, acquisitions, compliance,
environmental policy develop-
ment, and community relations.
Prior to working at SCS, Ms.
Mascaro was a Senior Associate and then manager
of Environmental Affairs for PG & E Generating
Company in Boston, MA.
Ms. Mascaro received her B.A. degree from
Princeton University in 1989, and her J.D. in 1992
from Boston University School of Law. She is a
resident of Wellesley, MA. **■
Recognition Given to
Long Term Faculty
There are many faculty and staff members
who have served Lasell with dedication and dis-
tinction. On August 27, the College held its first
annual Employee Recognition Lunch, where 81
individuals received resounding applause.
"Over the years Lasell has attracted and
retained highly talented faculty and staff," said
President Tom de Witt. "I believe it has been our
commitment to community, balanced with a
sense of entrepreneurship, that has made Lasell
a welcoming and energizing workplace."
Deserving special recognition are four individ-
uals who have been with the College for more
than 30 years: Professor of Humanities Joseph
Aieta, Director of Support Services Jeanne
Johnsen '72, Postmaster John O'Connor, and
Buildings & Grounds member Paul White. »-
Some of the faculty and staff members who have served the
College for 15 or more years pause for a group photo.
SERVICE-LEARNING AT LASELL
"Through its service-learning compo-
nent Lasell has greatly expanded its out-
reach to the greater Boston community.
Classes have done very interesting pro-
jects, which in turn have both reinforced
and enhanced student learning of course
material. For example, the Domestic Vio-
lence class partnered with The Second
Step on a variety of projects — serving
meals for families who have experienced
domestic violence, cleaning out and refur-
bishing a room for a family moving into
a transitional shelter, hosting a fundrais-
ing event — and in the process of partici-
pating in these service ventures, the class
learned a great deal about this organiza-
tion, its clientele, and social justice issues.
"As a College, we pride ourselves on
our connected learning mission, and
service-learning projects offer many
connected learning opportunities. I think
it is also the case that the faculty who
have utilized service-learning have been
excited about the results they've been
able to achieve and the enthusiasm
expressed by our students once they have
— Sharyn Lowenstein
Center for Community-
Lasell Bids an Appreciative Farewell to
Molly DeStafney, VISTA Volunteer
Lasell has been extremely lucky to have macc americorps*vista
volunteer Molly DeStafney working on campus for the last two years. In conjunction with
the Center for Community-Based Learning, Molly has helped to expand and promote the
seivice-learning opportunities that are available to Lasell students. "The experience has been
mutually beneficial," says Molly. "I have been incredibly energized by the students I've
worked with as I watch them grow to be leaders. They have taught me a lot about myself."
Molly and Sharyn Lowenstein, director of the
Center for Community-Based Learning, began
working at Lasell at the same time. "As we
worked together, a system seemed to emerge
and evolved naturally," says Molly. "Sharyn
works with the faculty and develops service-
learning opportunities, and I concentrated on
student leadership and volunteerism.
"I spent a lot of my time getting to know the
student population. It didn't take me long to real-
ize that Lasell students are a very 'hands on'
group. They want to get out there and do things,
rather than just talk about it."
Molly's responsibilities included running the
America Reads program on campus (see story p.
6), a complex logistical effort that entailed arrang-
ing for and overseeing students who traveled to
four different school sites: two in Newton, one in
Boston, and one in Waltham.
She helmed the development of Case House
as a residence hall exclusively reserved for stu-
dents committed to service. Residents agreed to
do 50 hours of service per semester in addition
to a common service project. Last spring, each of
the student residents took a one-credit service-
learning course that was designed to help them
THRIVING SERVICE-LEARNING AT LASELL IS PART OF NATIONAL TREND
Campus Compact Survey Reveals Record
Numbers of Students Involved in Service
SURVEY RELEASED JUNE 9TH BY CAMPUS COMPACT — THE NATIONAL
coalition of college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic
purposes of higher education — found that students at American colleges and universities
are engaging in community service in record numbers. Campus support of service efforts is
also on the rise. Results show a steady increase in both campus-based service initiatives
and the incorporation of service into the curriculum ("service-learning").
An average of 33% of students at the 504 "Campuses are increasingly providing the space
responding schools were engaged in community and opportunity for students to act on their
service during 2002, compared with 28% in 2001.
More than half of the schools surveyed noted
an increase in student involvement in community
service; a fifth reported an increase of 10%
"The fact that a third of college and university
students are engaged in community service
belies the common image of students as cynical
and self-involved," said Elizabeth Hollander,
Executive Director of Campus Compact.
sense of social responsibility."
The significant expansion of service and
service-learning on campus signals higher
education's commitment to educating active
and engaged citizens.
Out of 840 member colleges and universities
that received the survey, 504 completed it: a
response rate of 60%. More results, as well as
results from past surveys, are available at
Molly DeStafney feeds a young friend on this May's
service trip to Virginia.
identify their service goals.
"Being a resident of Case House involves a
substantial amount of extra work and commit-
ment for the students. I have an immense admi-
ration for all of them."
Molly also interacted with community service
scholars, publicized service events, recruited ser-
vice leaders, and worked with Sharyn to expand
the College's service program opportunities.
Given all her responsibilities, everyone on cam-
pus was thrilled when Molly decided to apply to
remain at Lasell for a second year.
"I really wanted to see Case House get up and
running," explains Molly. "I had spent March
and April getting the word out on campus and
worked closely with the Admission Office and
Resident Life. We found 12 students who were
excited and ready to take on this new experience
in the fall. By being able to stay, I was able to
help the program take shape.
This fall, it will be Spence House that will be
the designated service-learning residence. "The
program has grown to 18 students," says Sharyn.
"We have two men in the group, six returning
Case students, and some new sophomore and
junior faces. Molly deserves the credit for making
the program such a growing success. As a VISTA
volunteer, she has helped enormously in develop-
ing student leadership on campus."
Looking back on her two years at Lasell,
Molly is the first to admit that in spite of the
exciting challenge she faces pursuing her master's
degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio
this fall, leaving the Lasell campus isn't easy.
"Living in Plummer House, with its open door
policy, gave me a unique opportunity to get to
know Lasell's students. We spent hours dis-
cussing ideas and issues and I watched their zeal
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Second Annual Connected Learning
Symposium Showcases Students' Work
1 WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE COMMUNITY, BUT ESPECIALLY STUDENTS
and faculty, on a great week-long symposium of academic project presentations," said Vice
President for Academic Affairs Jim Ostrow. "We had a wonderful variety of demonstra-
tions, presentations, and thematic discussions, all of which represented the imagination
and intelligence that inform Lasell students' connected learning work."
Daily, from April 22 through April 26, there
was a rich assortment of events showcasing stu-
dent presentations in every discipline, including
electronic portfolio demonstrations, internship
presentations, student fashion exhibits in
Yamawaki, and two dazzling and much antici-
pated fashion shows that concluded the week.
One of the opening events was an assembly
entitled "The Need to Ban Antipersonnel Land-
mines," which was co-sponsored by Professor
Tessa LeRoux's Introduction to Women's Studies
class and the Donahue Institute, and was part of
the class's bigger project, Women and War. Gina
Coplon-Newfield, who has served as the Coordi-
nator of the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines
(USCBL), spoke about the organization's efforts
to convince the U.S. government to join the 1997
Mine Ban Treaty.
Maha al-Shaoibi '04, a Journalism student, presents her paper, "Life Lines.
Student presentations on Women and War fol-
lowed, highlighting the many life-changing effects
of war and the different ways that women have
been involved in or affected by war. De Witt Hall
was filled with materials and posters that the
students had collected and made to illustrate
these sung and unsung heroines.
"Many of the students conducted interviews
with women whose lives had all been changed
by war, in one way or another," explains Profes-
sor LeRoux. 'Tor some, this was their first real
confrontation with the realities and horrors of
war. They discovered dimensions of their grand-
mothers or other relatives that they never knew.
This may have been the first time that family
members had talked with them about their expe-
riences. New ties were forged and the students
had a new appreciation for the strength, determi-
nation, and courage these women displayed."
For the first time in Lasell history, this year 12
students lived in a community service residence
hall, Case House, and presentations about indi-
vidual projects were made at a connected learn-
"I guess you could call us guinea pigs,"
laughed Aimee Wallace '05. "The experience defi-
nitely met my expectations. We all have a com-
mon interest, are respectful of each other, and
these bonds have tied us very closely to one
another." Aimee volunteered at a cat shelter, was
an America Reads tutor, and participated in the
Case House can drive that benefited Shelter Inc.,
a homeless shelter in Cambridge.
Mary D'Adamo '06, organized this year's Red
Cross Blood Drive as her service-learning project.
"When I signed up for Case House my aim was
to become engaged and more socially aware," she
said. "I've learned that I'm only one voice but I
am able to make a difference."
"Service has been my life," says len
Boyd '06, "and Case House is why I
came to Lasell." Last fall Jen attended
a conference in Holyoke, MA on how
to organize and promote community
service-related alternative breaks. "I
learned a lot and being there made me
much more aware of why people are
drawn to service." Building on every-
thing she absorbed, Jen made all the
contacts for the College's May service
trip to Virginia (see story p. 6).
As each of the Case House stu-
dents reported on their projects, it
was apparent that they cared deeply
about what they had done over the
course of the year, and all were intent
on expanding and promoting service-
learning on campus.
The tiered seats in Sargent
were full when the Arts &
Sciences students made their
presentations. For Diane
Donatio's Journalism class,
the assignment was to design,
write, and produce a 12-page
newspaper with a theme.
"Not only did the students
have to do research and writ-
ing," explained Assistant Pro-
fessor Donatio, "they also had
to learn layout and how to
balance the pages."
Maha al-Shaoibi '04 chose
health and titled her paper
"Life Lines," while the paper
of Tamara Perceval '04 was
called "Culture." Among her
The Women and War exhibits were well thought out
stories was a profile of a student from Nigeria
and a piece on election day in Guatemala.
These two students and Jaclyn Wong '04 were
also in Assistant Professor Donatio's Understand-
ing Mass Media class. Their final project was a
PowerPoint presentation on bias. "Media affects
how we think," said Jaclyn, "and it doesn't
always give both sides. It is interesting to read
articles and figure out what slant the editor is
Similarly, while taking Nature and Meaning of
History, Betsy Chominsky '03 discovered that his-
torians have varied perspectives. While studying
the English Reformation, it became apparent to
her that there were many different views on the
roles and stances of Elizabeth and Mary Queen of
Professor Steve Bloom's Media Literacy class
visited the Girl Scouts and a third and fourth
grade class to discover how the media and com-
mercials influence them. The young students
were able to remember every ad they were
shown and were happy to speak up and give
The final events of the week were two glitzy
fashion shows for which tickets were scarce. In a
palm tree filled de Witt Hall, the classes of '04,
'05 and '06 presented "Simply Hollywood" on
Friday night. On Saturday, at "Putting on the
Glitz," the Senior collections, representing a year
of the soon-to-be-graduates' hard work, were
The thunderous applause the collections drew
was well deserved and accolades go to every stu-
dent who participated in the week-long Connect-
ed Learning Symposium. **■
L. a f s
Some of the Case House students with posters: front row left to right: Mary D'Adamo
'06, Tressa Andon '05; back row left to right: LeeAnn Tkacz '05, Mayoura Pon '04, Cat
Terwilleger '05, Kay li n Boileau '06, Colleen Noonan '05; back center Aimee Wallace '05.
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engage students in valuing their education as
more than what John Dewey calls something
"received and left behind." That is, by engaging
in projects that have lasting value, beyond just
earning a grade, students gain a sense of the
value of subject matter extending beyond the
walls of the classroom.
Second, Lasell College is committed to what I
believe should be a core prin-
ciple in higher education: that
of advancing habits of social
responsibility and citizenship.
Service-learning is a natural
way of participating in such
advancement within the
context of our educational
Third, and this is tied in
with the second, obviously,
service-learning is an impor-
tant representation of the
College's commitment to rendering higher educa-
tion relevant to local and global social problems.
Service-learning is a means to create and sustain
lasting and meaningful bonds between our cam-
puses and surrounding communities. Students,
faculty, and staff work with community-based
organizations in a collaborative relationship
defined by the dual purpose of educational
enrichment and community improvement. In this
way, the campus and community become part-
ners in the educational and economic develop-
ment of the region.
Q: In what ways would you say that service-
learning expands /enriches a student's education
and outlook? Can you give examples?
A: Applying the skills and concepts learned in
courses to projects that have positive community
impact deepens students' sense of the human
value of education. Students learn about social
issues that have major significance in contempo-
rary life, including poverty, health care, education
and child-care, elderly
assistance, and envi-
for civic involvement
rooted to academic
learning. Also, by
hand, the College's
commitment to com-
students' awareness of
the importance of good citizenship in both one's
personal and professional life is enhanced.
Q: How does Lasell rank among its competi-
tors in the service-learning arena? How is that
ranking measured? And how important is it in
terms of attracting students?
A: I would say that our combination of high
faculty involvement, a scholarship program a
service-house, and the existence of the Donahue
Institute as a complement to the Center for
"Students, faculty, and staff work with
community-based organizations in a
collaborative relationship defined by the
dual purpose of educational enrichment
and community improvement."
— Jim Ostrow
Vice President Student Affairs
Community-Based Learning places us among
Q: Why is it crucial for Lasell to maintain
its service -learning component and how has
VISTA involvement impacted the College and
A: I see service-learning and its growth as
essential to fulfilling our current strategic vision.
The VISTA, especially as a stimulus for the devel-
opment of student leadership, lies at the core of
our efforts. **-
Your chance to
make it better/'
If s the AmeriCorps*VISTA rallying cry that
has lured thousands of idealistic, committed
young people to answer the call to community
service with the possibility of really making
In 1963, President John F. Kennedy spoke of his
dream to create a domestic volunteer program
modeled after the newly established Peace
Corps. After Kennedy's assassination, and as a
fulfillment of that dream, President Lyndon B.
Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act
of 1964 — his declaration of a "war on poverty"
in which VISTA was formally created.
Lasell Students Run Health Awareness
Workshops at Newton's Brown Middle School
As SIXTH THROUGH EIGHTH-GRADERS POURED THROUGH THE DOORS OF
the Brown Middle School in Newton on March 24th, there was more than the usual early
morning din. Teachers and students were looking forward to "Community Day" with its
full schedule of workshops and presentations concerning both physical and mental health.
As part of Lasell's commitment to community service and service-learning, 10 students
from the College were participating by running sessions on nutrition, body image, fitness,
Carrying the skeleton, "Mr. Bones," a sit-and-
reach box, bags full of healthy and not-so healthy
foods, and a 'Jeopardy" board with anatomy
questions, the Lasell students headed to four
classrooms on the second floor. Here they ran
engaging and instructive interactive sessions
with the middle schoolers during their morning
The 10 Lasell students were either members of
the Sports Medicine Club or were enrolled in the
Allied Health Professional Interactions class.
"This is a seminar course with a connected learn-
ing /service-learning component that develops
professional communication skills and patient
education," explains Lisa Harris, dean for the
School of Allied Health and Sports Studies. "The
students who ran the workshops were Athletic
Professor Lisa Harris and Assistant Trainer Lisa Dupuis are
joined by the Lasell students who ran health sessions at the
Brown Middle School.
Training and Exercise Physiology majors and they
put together the four sessions."
"Lasell is dedicated to the successful incorpora-
tion of service to others in course-based projects
as part of our connected learning philosophy,"
explains Vice President for Academic Affairs
James Ostrow. "The majority of our service work
supports the Newton community, and we were
pleased to be able to contribute to the impressive
program that the Brown Middle School put
There were smiles on both the Lasell and the
Brown School students' faces, as the middle
schoolers did jumping jacks, tried to estimate the
number of calories in a Snickers bar, and guessed
which is the longest bone in the human body.
At Brown School that day, it was apparent that
service-learning is a two-way street. **•
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and commitment grow. If s clear that service-
learning is a connection that makes them
happy at Lasell."
Because of all Molly's efforts, a strong
groundwork has been laid for Elena Garcia,
Lasell's new VISTA volunteer. We wish Molly
the best of luck in all her future endeavors
and thank her for the many contributions she
has made to the College's service-learning
program over the past two years. **■
Students and Tutors in America Reads
Make Lasting Connections
r HEN STUDENTS AT LASELL SIGNED UP FOR THE AMERICA READS
Program this year, they had no idea how much the experience was going to
affect their lives. "We knew that we were going to the schools to enhance the
students' reading skills," says Lee Ann Tkacz '05, student coordinator at
Newton's Mason Rice Elementary School, "but we didn't anticipate what
close bonds would be forged with our tutees. By working with them each
week, not only did we learn where they were coming from, but it also made
us realize and recognize things about ourselves."
America Reads is a well-loved Clinton literacy
initiative. Colleges across the country run it as
a federal work-study program and participating
students are paid. Last year, Lasell had 45 stu-
dent teachers and the program was run at four
schools: Newton's Mason Rice Elementary and
Williams Schools, Boston's Farragut School, and
Waltham's McArthur School.
Jane Taylor was the Mason Rice faculty coordi-
nator for the program. "This was a pilot year with
Lasell, so we were always changing and adding
things to the roadmap," Jane explains. "Our goal
is to close the literacy gap and to change the lives
of these students by giving them the advantage of
reading. Without that skill they will not have the
chance to proceed.
"The Lasell tutors learn what the teachers are
working on, which enables them to reinforce the
same skills. They work in the actu-
al classrooms of that grade, so that
the teachers can see and keep in
touch with the tutor," explains Jane.
"We also want to have the parents get to know
the Lasell students. When they come to pick up
their children, they see them working together
and hopefully they will follow up at home."
At the end of the year, a farewell party was
held at Mason Rice for all the America Reads
participants. Walking in together, arm and arm,
everyone gathered in a circle. The Lasell tutors
gave each student a book that had been carefully
and individually selected, and the tutees present-
ed their tutors with banners that expressed
When Jane Taylor asked everyone present
what had meant the most to them about the pro-
Linda Lyons and her tutor Cassandra Maurissant '04 are clearly enjoying
themselves during circle time.
gram, the young students replied, "Making con-
nections with what I read," "Just talking to my
tutor," and "If I didn't notice when I got a word
wrong, my tutor would tell me." The Lasell
students said, "Being greeted when we arrived,"
"How much I learned from the children," and
"It feels good to help them with something that
they'll be using for the rest of their lives."
Parents were appreciative too, saying, "It
enhanced my daughter's reading ability and she
had her homework done by the time she got
home," and "My child was so engaged by the
program." All in all, everyone agreed with Jane
Taylor when she said, "My school thinks this
program is the best thing since sliced bread!" **•
Nine Participate in May Service Trip to Virginia
.URAL RETREAT, VIRGINIA WAS THE DESTINATION FOR THIS YEAR'S MAY
alternative break service trip. Molly DeStafney, Lasell's 2003 MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA
volunteer, did considerable research beforehand, to make sure that the site that was selected
for the trip would give the eight participating students a successful and meaningful
experience. Her efforts did not go unrewarded.
"When I phoned Jayne Hall, president of the to go llama trekking, and to visit a dairy farm.
Rural Retreat Historical Society, I knew that I had "All the students were from urban or suburban
found the right group," Molly says. "This organi-
zation was founded in 1996 not for any historical
purpose but as a means of bringing service vol-
unteers to the town. No one associated with the
Society is paid and they all give an enormous
amount of time and heart to it."
On May 19th, the students and Molly climbed
into two vans and drove 14 hours to Virginia.
"We arrived really late," recalls Diane Bourbeau
'03. 'Jayne met us and took us upstairs to our liv-
ing quarters. Rural Retreat volunteers cooked us
three meals a day, and when it was time to go, it
was like leaving old friends."
For four days, the Lasell group performed a
variety of tasks in the area. Some cleaned elderly
people's homes, others gardened, and some
assisted in an elementary school for a day. When
not working, the volunteers had an opportunity
to try Appalachian tap dancing (called clogging),
areas, so life in Rural Retreat was very different
from what they knew," says Molly.
"This was my third May service trip," smiles
Diane. "People say that I'm always overly excited
about everything, but I've had three incredible
experiences. This year I was able to help two
elderly women with their houses and gardens and
I find that you always get more than you give."
Before heading back to Massachusetts, the
group went up to Mountain Lake, VA. On their
way, they stopped in Wytheville, where they met
John Johnson, the executive director of the
Wytheville Training Center and an expert in
African-American culture. He took the Lasell vol-
unteers through the town's school, the only one
in the area for black children until the mid-1 950's.
Throughout the tour, he described his experiences
of living through segregation.
"Everything he said was amazing and eye-
The Virginia volunteers take a break. Left to right front
row: Lisa Yong '06, Diane Bourbeau '03, Alexis Polanco '05,
Mary D'Adamo '06; back row left to right: Brooke Wyman
'03, Kate Eldridge '05, Cat Terwilleger '05, Chantel Daley
'05, and Molly DeStafney, VISTA volunteer.
opening," recalls Diane. "It was quite something
to realize that grades one to 12 were housed in
this small building and that everything the stu-
dents had was second-hand. They read from dif-
ferent used textbooks and, if you were on the
football team, you were lucky to have a mis-
matched uniform. Sometimes players had to wear
two different sized cleats."
"Working with the Rural Retreat Historical
Society was a great partnership, and hopefully
Lasell will send another group there next year,"
says Molly. "This year's group formed wonderful
connections with each other and with the people
they met. To have the opportunity to travel to a
different part of the country to do service is an
experience that is irreplaceable." »*
Second Annual College Town Meeting Held
In what may be developing into a welcome lasell tradition, vice
President for Academic Affairs Jim Ostrow presided over the second annual Lasell College
Town Meeting on May 20th in de Witt Hall. Faculty and staff gathered to discuss the cur-
rent strategic planning process and provide feedback on the goals and initiatives that have
been formulated by the College's strategic planning committee.
"The Town Meeting serves the dual purpose of
pulling all of us together as a real community, as
well as generating very important ideas for insti-
tutional improvement," says Vice President
Last year the town meeting was held as part of
the self-accreditation process and it generated
important suggestions. By coming together as a
unit, the entire community became involved in
thinking about the strengths and weaknesses of
the College and the future direction of Lasell.
On the docket for this year were the College's
five strategic "vision" goals. These goals are:
1) The external audience grasps what is
meant by connected learning, and
prospective students select to come to
Lasell largely because of this philosophy.
2) Students, staff, and faculty understand
and operate in terms of the distinctive
characteristics of a connected learning
3) Students, with their academic advisors
and faculty, experience and conceptual-
ize their Lasell education from the begin-
ning as a coherent whole.
4) Students are immersed in an engaging
and stimulating hving/learning College
5) The Lasell education fully integrates
preparation for both professional excel-
lence and good citizenship.
After a period of discussion, faculty and staff
were asked to move through four Winslow class-
rooms to add comments to specific questions that
were posted by the strategic area subcommittees.
CHEM 201 GOES NATIONAL
The entire CHEM 201 class participated in
a nationally administered, semester-long,
multi-part survey designed to test the efficacy of
online feedback tools used in college
courses. The survey included an assessment and
feedback on each student's learning
style as well as midterm and final evaluations
regarding the use of online homework. We
are currently using WEBASSIGN — an online
homework system which is used around the
country. The survey is being administered by
IOTA Solutions and is part of a grant that was
awarded to them from the U.S. Department
The information gathered from these sheets is
currently being evaluated for incorporation into
the future plans of the College.
"This spring's meeting produced pages of
ideas that will be very useful to those of us
involved in the current strategic planning process,
which is focused heavily around the concept of
connected learning," says Vice President Ostrow.
'To give just one example, there were several
comments about ways linkages can be established
between academic affairs and student affairs in
the development of connected learning projects.
Counseling Center Director Janice Fletcher and Director
of the Center for Community-Based Learning Sharyn
Lowenstein write down suggestions while Jason Lively '04
"We look forward to working through all
of these ideas as we formulate strategies for
enhancing the environment and reputation of
Lasell College." »*
Lasell Faculty Go to Camp
When school is over and summer arrives, it's time for camp, as for
many others, this is true for Lasell' s faculty, who gathered in Wolfe Hall during the week of
June 9 for the third annual Teaching with Technology Summer Camp (TTSC). Some 23 fac-
ulty members attended sessions as their schedules permitted. As faculty sat down in front
of their computers, prepared to begin, Director of Academic Computing Linda Bruenjes
joked, "It is not necessary to turn off your cell phones, and you are allowed to eat" —
turning the usual professorial warning to underclassmen on its head.
"Every year of TTSC has been different," says
Linda. "The first year was experimental, as we
weren't sure what the faculty wanted or needed,
but by the second year, we knew where to
focus. This year, we are concentrating on the
new course management Web pages that the
Information Technology (IT) Department has
created to replace the previous integrated
administrative and academic management
system called Jenzabar."
Chief of Information Technology Deborah
Gelch and Professors Tim O'Brien and Richard
Dodds worked long and hard to get a template in
place for the new course Web pages that will tie
together faculty, staff, and students through the
College's Intranet. Web pages have been devel-
oped for each course offered at Lasell and are
accessible to anyone with a browser connected to
the Internet both on- and off-campus.
"The Web pages contain general information
about each course that is culled from the Regis-
trar's system," explains Linda. "Also included is a
Course Materials Folder, where faculty will store
information such as syllabi, homework assign-
ments, and readings.
"We want the faculty to get excited about
using technology in the classroom," continues
Linda. "Today's students are technologically liter-
ate and we can use the Web to help students take
responsibility for their education. They like visu-
Director of Academic Computing Linda Bruenjes helps
faculty members design their course Web pages.
als and if s important to keep thinking of innova-
tive ways to engage students in the learning
Once Course Web Pages 101 had been com-
pleted, the faculty were ready to roll up their
sleeves and start individualizing their own course
pages. Soon they were adding hyperlinks, chang-
ing background colors, and inserting photos.
In an afternoon breakout session, courses relat-
ed to digital photography, presentation software,
smart classrooms, and other new technologies
were available. "This was a great opportunity
to engage in dialogue, prepare for next semester,
and have fun with fellow faculty members,"
said Linda. **-
Counseling Center Responds to Needs
of Growing Student Population
When the door to the counseling center opens, a friendly
sleigh bell jingles, welcoming students to an environment of caring and calm.
"We want every member of the student body to feel that we are accessible to
them and to know that we are here," explains Counseling Director Janice
Fletcher. "The college years are exciting and challenging, but sometimes the
experience can be accompanied by feelings of anxiety, self-doubt, and a sense
of failed goals. It is often helpful for the students to sort things out by talking
with a professional counselor.
"I've been at Lasell for 10 years, watched the
College change, and seen the Center's needs
increase. As our student population exploded, I
was fortunate that President de Witt and Dean of
Student Affairs Diane Austin had the foresight to
approve the hiring of a second permanent coun-
selor and, in 2001, I was able to make Mara
Green a staff member."
Lasell's Counseling Center team works excep-
tionally well together. The bulk of the Center's
work is one on one, and while Janice is responsi-
ble for that aspect, Mara does many of the
outreach programs, particularly the Alcohol
Awareness and Healthy Relationships programs,
as well as supporting Janice with the counseling.
"The Counseling Center organized and ran more
than 35 outreach programs last year, both in the
classroom and the residence halls, which involved
489 students or more. This couldn't have hap-
pened if it was just me," says Janice.
"We work to make students aware of the Cen-
ter as soon as possible, but interestingly, most of
the students find us on their own, or come at the
recommendation of their friends. Our first job is
to find out why the student is really at the Center.
We need to distinguish what the student needs
and what is right for them. I've had freshmen
come to me who were homesick and others who
said they thought they were homesick but who
were actually suffering from clinical anxiety."
Confidentiality is key to the Center. "This is a
small campus and we are extremely mindful of
the need to maintain student confidentiality,"
says Mara, "and we uphold that pledge stringent-
ly. Although some students are very open about
seeing us, others want no one to know. Clearly,
if s their decision and we follow their lead.
"Outreach makes students familiar with us and
willing to come to the Center. I am able to intro-
duce myself to the small groups that comprise
the First Year Seminars, where there are usually
15 to 17 students who have a comfortable rela-
tionship with each other. I also see students in
their residence halls when the Resident Advisors
or faculty members invite me to speak."
In the fall and spring, as part of the National
College Alcohol Awareness Program, the Center
conducts voluntary alcohol screenings. "It takes a
student about five minutes to complete the ques-
tionnaire," Mara explains, "and ifs an opportuni-
ty for me to begin a conversation about the
hazards of drinking. Ifs one more way of pulling
the students in, and ifs important to keep a
dialogue about alcohol awareness
alive on campus."
This past year, the Center's outreach efforts
touched on other topics, such as eating disor-
ders, diversity, and abuse. April was declared
Healthy Relationships Month by the Center, and
theirs was a full calendar, including participa-
tion in classes and events, and ending with the
exam period "stress-free zone."
"Ifs a way of reminding students of the essen-
tial things they should be doing to take care of
themselves, and that includes relaxation,"
Sixty percent of the students who use the
Center, no matter what their class year, are there
because of stress and anxiety, relationship issues,
depression or family issues, according to Janice.
With the help of Information Technology Assis-
tant Professor Richard Dodds, a database for the
Center is being created to enhance the Center's
ability to track the number of visitors, the per-
centage of the entire campus population being
Clinical Counselor Mara Green (left) and Counseling Director Janice
Fletcher work together at the Counseling Center to meet the needs of the
seen, and the reasons for the visits.
"We're constantly trying to get a better sense
of who the students are," Janice continues.
"They change so much every year. We know that
because of the medications that came out in the
'90's, many more students with depression and
anxiety are now able to attend college. Parents of
these students are much more sophisticated and
will call us to find out what we can or cannot
provide. As with other college counseling centers,
students with more complex diagnoses are com-
ing to college, creating increased need for ser-
vices. Also, there are many more students who
work, adding enormously to their stress level."
Because of its small size, Lasell tries to wrap
itself around the whole student. The Center's staff
works hard to provide valuable resources for
making student experiences positive. **
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learned the most not from the races she won, but
from the ones she lost. "The lesson is persever-
ance and guts," she maintained. "When it comes
to talent versus heart, heart always trumps tal-
ent," she assured her audience.
'Think back four short years ago. You were
part of the freshman class. Or, as a marathon run-
ner, lining up on the starting line in
Hopkinton, graduation — or the
finish line on Hereford Street in
Boston — probably seemed like an
eternity away," Benoit Samuelson
said. "You were excited and ner-
vous and maybe a little apprehen-
sive, wondering if you could really
go the distance. Suddenly you were on your own.
You had to make your own decisions and choic-
es. Perhaps you overdid it and ran much faster
than you had originally intended. Perhaps you
ran too slowly and found many other distractions
that seemed more attractive than academics.
Regardless — you had the courage to start... and,
in my opinion, that is the spark that distinguishes
what real character is about."
Joan Benoit Samuelson, who won the Boston
Marathon twice (1979, 1983) and captured the
"When it comes to talent
versus heart, heart always
— Joan Benoit Samuelson
gold medal during the first women's Olympic
marathon in the 1984 Games has, in her long
running career, demonstrated that she has both
talent and heart. For her unique contribution to
the sport of running, the Board of Trustees of
Lasell College awarded her an honorary doctor-
ate of humane letters. Lasell President Thomas
E. J. de Witt read the citation:
'Yours is the story of which
legends are made — a story of
grace, courage, determination,
spirit, and pure athletic talent.
Internationally renowned as a
runner with Mercury-like speed,
your accomplishments are as
remarkable as they are historic. Your superb skill
as a runner, your discipline, your determination,
athletic zeal, and generosity of spirit have
inspired new generations of athletes to follow in
your footsteps. For all you have brought to the
sport of running, and the consistently good
example you set , we salute you. The Board of
Trustees of Lasell College therefore proudly con-
fers upon you the degree of Doctor of Humane
Letters, honoris causa, with all the rights and
privileges pertaining thereto." *+
Laura Miller '03 Collection Exhibited at
Bridal Fashion Show
>PRLNG IS A BUSY TIME OF YEAR FOR ALL COLLEGE SENIORS, BUT LAURA
Miller seemed to be juggling more than most. She had her senior collection shown at the
Lasell spring fashion show, "Putting on the Glitz," which included nine of her wedding
dresses and two flower girl dresses; she got married at the end of May (she's now Laura
Miller Schneider); and on Sunday, June 29, she held her own personal bridal wear fashion
show at Summer House at Marina Bay, Quincy, MA.
"I've been pretty exhausted," Laura sighed. "It
was hard to focus on Marina Bay. The Lasell
fashion show was a huge project. Not only had
all of us been working on our senior collections
for a year, but the show itself lasted for more
than three hours. There were 14 of us, and we
each had at least 10 dresses, so the runway was
very busy and the house was packed."
After graduation, Laura was able to concen-
trate on her wedding. "I made my own gown
and also the six dresses for my bridesmaids.
People couldn't believe that I had time for this,
but I find sewing relaxing. I really looked for-
ward to the work, but I told my fiance that I'd
be needing plenty of R & R on our honeymoon."
Laura started sewing at an early age, inspired
by her mother, who makes bridal wear. "I've
worked with her over the summers and I bought
all the materials for my senior collection from
fabric stores that I'm familiar with in Philadel-
phia. Seeing what my mother does has made me
hope to open my own small bridal boutique
Talent runs strong in the Miller family and the
Marina Bay show displayed Laura's skill and cre-
ativity as well as her ability to work under pres-
sure. Just a few days beforehand, she was still
completing two of her designs as well as working
in Lasell's Student Financial Planning Office, but
she seemed unfazed.
The weather cooperated for Laura's show. It
was sunny and not too warm as the audience
gathered under the tent at the Summer House.
"I was so lucky to have Elie Honein (fashion
Laura Miller '03 holds one of the wedding dresses that was
modeled at her Marina Bay show.
photographer and Lasell faculty member) help
and back me. He organized the venue, the mod-
els, the hair styling, the accessories, and the invi-
tation. There was live music by the Ricky "King"
Russell Band, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, and a
Twenty-five of Laura's pieces were modeled.
"It went wonderfully," smiles Laura. "Some
prospective brides were in the audience and
several came up to me after the show to discuss
the possibility of my making gowns for them.
Since my dream is to do custom work, I was
Lasell College and the Lasell Institute for Fash-
ion Technology wish Laura every success in her
future career. **<
Seniors Honored at Academic Recognition Banquet
.Tor seniors, their families, and the faculty, the
Saturday night before graduation holds special significance. It is the
night when Lasell College acknowledges individuals for their
academic achievements, and the proud faces and loud applause
signaled the recognition of the immense effort that these students
have expended over the past four years.
This year's event included both book award winners in various programs
as well as recognition of Lasell College's first Honors Program graduates.
The Class of 2003 is the first to include Honors Program students, and eleven
men and women now have the words "Honors Program Graduate" on their
Lasell transcript. The program was opened to students to raise the level of
academic discourse and to challenge them
to achieve excellence both inside and out-
side of the classroom.
"If s not the grades that got you here
this evening; if s the work, the commit-
ment, the attitude, the motivation, and the
initiative," said Steven Bloom, dean of the
School of Arts & Sciences and director of
General Education and the Honors Pro-
gram. "You have chosen to be achievers."
All departments presented their acade-
mic book awards for excellence, and the
respect that faculty members have for
their students was apparent. The remarks
that Ellen LaBelle, chair of the Hospitality
Management Program, made regarding
Lindsey Milheirao '03, the book award
winner in her department, reflect what all
BOOK AWARD 2003 RECIPIENTS
HONORS PROGRAM 2003
Proud Professor Ellen LaBelle presents
Lindsey Milheirao '03 her book award.
faculty feel about their recipients. "Lindsey is an outstanding student who
understands the value of a good education. She gives 110 percent to all she
attempts to do. She is professional, unpretentious and truly represents a
Lasell College graduate. I will miss her."
In summation of the evening, Vice President for Academic Affairs Jim
Ostrow said, "In showcasing these students' academic achievements, we also
celebrate what we stand for as an institution. This year's book award recipi-
ents and Honors Program graduates are all wonderful examples of academic
drive, leadership, and accomplishment within Lasell College's connected
learning environment. **•
20th Century Fashion Students
Let Their Imaginations Run Wild
IhE STUDENTS IN PROFESSOR JILL CAREY'S 20TH CENTURY FASHION
class were able to be creative and let their imaginations run wild this spring with both
their mid-term and their final project. The end result was two incredible exhibits: "50
Years of Women's Suits" and "Mod Squad."
For both shows, Professor Carey was able to
draw upon the Goodwill Costume collection for
representational pieces for her students. As
Rachel Fleischner '04 and Krystle Rowe '04
explain, "The exhibit shows how much fashion is
a reflection of the times and the social and eco-
nomic pressures within each decade."
For "50 Years of Women's Suits," the students
worked in teams. They accessorized the garments
and wrote fictional biographies of the women
who may have possibly worn this type of cloth-
ing. The suits covered a time span of 50 years,
from the transitional suits of the 1930's to the
power suits of the late 1970' s, and on into the
early '80's. Some of the designers represented
were Elizabeth Arden, Jeanne Lanvin, and
Over the years, suits went from floral prints,
to the utility suits of WW II, and on to the more
feminine and romantic designs that followed the
war. Hemlines rose and fell and styles varied
from soft to more masculine as the women's
movement arrived. Today, most everyone
has that "little black suit" in her wardrobe.
"After we had dated the suit that Profes-
sor Carey gave us, we researched the world
events that were then occurring and created a
person who might have worn the garment at that
time. Making up this character and writing the
stories that described their lives was great fun,"
says Mary Smyth '04. Titles of the students'
essays ranged from "Zoot Suit Suitor" to
"Pretty in Pink."
The "Mod Squad" exhibit was the final project
for the 20th Century class. "Because of an intern-
ship I did this semester at the American Textile
Museum in Lowell, MA, I was inspired to display
more of the collection. It was time to move it out
of storage and put it on view. I was able to do
this because my students this year were so excep-
tional," explains Professor Carey.
For the "Mod Squad"
were very creative.
exhibit, students worked in the abstract and
Once again the class was divided into teams
and supplied with garments. After researching
and pinpointing the period of the pieces (all from
the 1960's and '70's), the students created shoes
and hairstyles to go along with them. The man-
nequins were wearing boots, shoes with flowery
bows, net stockings, and hair bands. "Working in
the abstract with materials like spray paint, gauze
and Elmer's glue made it great fun and was a
new experience," says Mary Smyth.
Wandering through the Wedeman Gallery
over Commencement Weekend when both
shows were up was like traveling back through
time. The variety of garments was both fascinat-
ing and fun, along with the stories, accessories,
and hairstyles that accompanied them. **-
266 Incoming Students Attend
June Orientation Sessions
UrIENTATION IS A TIME FOR QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS. IT'S CERTAINLY A TIME
of excitement for the incoming class and offers them a glimpse of what's to come, both acade-
mically and socially. On hand to help are the Student Affairs staff, 12 orientation leaders, and
professors and advisors.
"We have a lot of ground to cover," says
Director of Student Activities Anne-Marie
Kenney. "The students must physically learn
their way around campus, meet their peers, get
ready for their academic life with math, comput-
er, and English testing, and, on the second day,
sit down with first year advisors and plan out
"By the end of orientation, most of the First
Year Seminars (FYS) were filled," says Director of
First Year Programs Lisa Harris. "We have made
a few changes. This year more advisors will be
teaching their own students in their FYS section
so that closer ties will be formed, and there will
be more sections doing electronic portfolios.
"We have also developed a new program for
undeclared majors which clusters writing, FYS,
and a computer course together. By forming this
learning community, the students will learn what
their individual styles and interests are and this
should help them to choose their major."
Besides academics, through "Life at Lasell"
skits, the new students discover what they will
encounter on campus, and what resources are
available. Topics such as diversity, alcohol aware-
ness, and campus safety are covered in separate
sessions. Coaches are available to discuss athletic
programs and social events, and games are held
in the evening.
"Orientation is a way of connecting the new
students to Lasell," says Anne-Marie. "By getting
together in small groups of 20 with an orientation
leader, they have a chance to get to know each
other in a way thaf s not so overwhelming. We
hope all new students will use this experience to
further connect themselves with the institution,
making the journey to Lasell in the fall one they
look forward to traveling."
The student orientation leaders are a dedicated
group. "This is the third time I've done it,"
exclaims Alyssa Hein '04. "My only regret is that
I'll be graduating and won't be able to do it again
next year. I so enjoy easing the nerves of the
incoming students. I had a great experience dur-
ing my Lasell orientation and I want others to
have the same."
New students and their orientation leaders get to know
each other during community-building activities.
Troy Wall '05 concurs. "I love Lasell and I
want to show others everything about this col-
lege. I know I can make a difference. There was a
girl sitting by herself in the cafeteria and I joined
her. She was a little stand-offish, but a few days
later I received an email from her saying that it
made her realize that meeting new people doesn't
have to be scary and that when the time came,
she didn't want to leave."
From the comments received by Student
Affairs, it is clear that this year's orientation met
all expectations. Said one new student, "At first I
was hesitant about staying the night and the long
day, but in the end it was worth it and a great
experience. I feel more confident and comfortable
with the atmosphere. The staff was very friendly
and they made me feel at home. Thank you!" >*
Working with Romanian Orphans
Is a Life Changing Experience for
Rebecca Girard '06
When becc a girard joined a small acting group in danvers her
senior year in high school, she had no idea where it would lead her. There she met Kim
Tompkins, who had been a Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Romania in the late '90's.
Because of the friendship they formed, Becca found herself on her way to Bucharest to
work with children from an orphanage in Beclean in June of 2002. The experience touched
her so deeply that she returned again this summer.
"In 1997 and 1998, Kim organized some of her and the many orphaned children are the legacy
students to mentor orphaned children at a sum- of dictator Nicolae Ceasescu and his wife, Elena,
mer art camp," explains Becca. "The relationships "There is a strong stigma attached to orphans in
that were formed were transforming, both for the Romania," says Becca. "If you are homeless you
neglected children and the mentors. She was are looked down on, and the children that we
determined to go back and pick up where she worked with were not only abandoned, but also
left off, and so she organized C.O.P.I.I. (Child had disabilities."
Outreach Partnership Initiative, Inc.), a non-profit Even though Becca had talked extensively with
fundraising vehicle." Kim before leaving, she wasn't prepared for her
"Copii" is the Romanian word for children, emotions when she arrived at the orphanage.
Full House at Iraq War Debate
HE TOPIC OF WAR WITH IRAQ AND ITS AFTERMATH HAS CONSUMED THE
entire nation. On April 7th, as students, Villagers, faculty, and staff poured into de Witt Hall to
attend a debate on the war, it was apparent that the issue was of immense concern on the Lasell
campus as well.
The debate was sponsored by the College's
Donahue Institute for Values and Public Life and
featured two distinguished guests. Seth Gitell, the
national political writer of the Boston Phoenix and
a regular analyst on New England Cable News'
public affairs program, NewsNight, represented
the pro-war side. He exchanged views with Pro-
fessor Howard Zinn, a historian, playwright, and
a former professor of Political Science at Boston
University who is an outspoken anti-war activist.
Moderated by Professor Linda Bucci, chair of
the Justice Studies department, the debate raised
compelling issues on both sides of the argument.
Each speaker laid out his position on whether or
not the United States should be at war, and both
were given the opportunity to respond. The floor
was then opened for questions, of which there
were many and they reflected the
divergent views on campus. Hearing
the different perspectives made all
the attendees reflect and converse
about the actions taken by America
The debate was not the first event
to afford community discussion about
the war. On March 4th, a forum with
a faculty panel was held. Professors
Brewer Doran, loe Aieta, Timothy
O'Brien, and Sidney Trantham partici-
pated and their viewpoints covered a
that were brought up were the form of the
post-war Iraqi government, the connection of
the war to the events of 9/11 and terrorism,
and the importance to the world of oil from the
Some Lasell students are connected personally
to the war, with friends and relatives stationed
there. Megan Ryan '06, who has a brother who is
a jet fighter for the U.S. Navy said, "Having a
brother who is serving and being among peers
who are greatly opposed to the war has caused
me personal confusion."
Agreement on the war is impossible, but both
the debate and the forum fostered much interest-
ing dialogue on campus. One student was heard
to exclaim while leaving the debate, "Being here
today made me proud to be at Lasell." >*•
De Witt Hall was packed as Vice President for Academic Affairs Tim Ostrow
W!de spectrum. Some of the concerns introduced Seth Gitell and Howard Zinn.
Becca Girard '06 formed a special bond with Flavio, a 10-
year old Romanian orphan.
"Seeing the children in person was so different
from just speaking about what to expect. They
were all emotionally needy, and as a volunteer
I instinctively realized that my role was just to
give these children joy and a chance to come
"People always ask me how we communicat-
ed, but there was never any problem. There are
so many ways to connect without words. Hugs,
laughter, and play go a long way."
After spending a few days in Beclean, Becca
and the other American volunteers climbed on a
bus with 30 youngsters, some Romanian high
school student mentors, the caretakers from the
orphanage, and a few of the children's school
teachers. "There was tremendous anticipation,"
recalls Becca. "The children had never been to
camp before and they had been saving any new
clothes they had for the occasion."
After seven hours, the bus arrived in the
mountainous Bucovina region. "The living condi-
tions at the camp were far from luxurious, but it
was so special for the children to be able to run,
release their energy, have fresh food, and just
enjoy themselves. Each child got individual atten-
tion and they all blossomed. I remember one girl
with Down Syndrome who stunned her teachers
when she announced she could keep up, and she
did even better than that. Apparently, by build-
ing on her camp experience, this has been a won-
derful year for her."
COP.I.I. took the same 30 children plus 10
more to the Black Sea this summer. Before
departing, Becca said, "This year I know what to
expect and have a better idea of what to do. I've
been working out a curriculum and thought it
would be fun for the children to make instru-
ments out of anything they can find. That way
they will have something to take home with
them when camp ends."
Becca has been involved in service work for a
long time and is a Human Services major at
Lasell. She participated in America Reads at her
high school, worked at a homeless shelter, volun-
teered at a Salem senior center, and is a relief
worker at the Charles River Arc, a home for
adults with mental illness. "If s a life calling for
me and my experiences with the Romanian chil-
dren will affect me forever. I very much look for-
ward to getting involved in service-learning this
year at Lasell." >»-
2003 Edition of The Gestalt Is the Biggest
and Best Yet
1 HE THIRD YEAR OF THE LASELL GESTALT LITERARY MAGAZINE IS THE
best yet," according to faculty advisor Mimi Reddicliffe, chair of the Humanities
Department. This year's Gestalt includes the poetry, prose, and illustrations of 30
members of the Lasell community. Most of the contributors are students, but Professor
David Carlson's haiku and Village resident Dottie Lappen's poetry are represented.
The Gestalt was first published in 2000 when
Joel Ohren, Adjunct Professor of Humanities,
mentioned to Brian Frail '04, a freshman in his
Writing 101 class, that Lasell lacked a literary
magazine. "With some persuasion, I decided to
take on the challenge. I had never started any-
thing, and there were many ups and downs,"
A mass email was sent out and gradually the
journal began to emerge. At the suggestion of
Assistant Professor Sandy McElroy, the journal
was given the name The Gestalt. As stated in the
journal's mission statement, "Gestalt is the Ger-
man word for 'whole,' and our group's aim is to
create a place where the whole community can
get involved. The theme of this journal is carried
on to try and unite all arts."
After a year, Brian Frail decided to step down
(he is currently serving as the Editor of 1851, the
recently launched student newspaper) and was
extremely wise in his choice of Tracey Maloney
'04 as his successor. "I picked Tracey because she
came to every meeting, put in an enormous
amount of effort, and she had journalistic experi-
ence in high school. She's a Legal Studies Major
with a real passion for writing."
Tracey has been Editor-in-Chief ever since but is
careful not to take all the credit for the journal's
success. "I have a lot of help from the team. Albert
Dee '04, Amy Perry '04, Michelle Sennet '04, Zam
Monterrosa '04, Ginnie Chow '04, Liz McKeon '06,
and Aida Mejia '06, have devoted an enormous
amount of time and energy to gathering material
and putting together a publication of interest to
the entire Lasell community," she says.
At the moment, the board has decided to limit
The Gestalt to a yearly endeavor. "Hopefully, as
financing issues are resolved, the journal will con-
tinue to grow and expand," Tracey says. "For a
small college, a large number of Lasell students
write not only for classes, but for pleasure."
Poetry is the most popular form of writing in
the journal, and readers can enjoy a tremendous
range of style. For more information about The
Gestalt or to receive a copy, send an email to
Winslow Family Celebrates its 100th Anniversary
Ihe winslow family has played a significant role in the history and
development of Lasell College. Dr. Guy M. Winslow came to Auburndale Female Seminary
as a science teacher in 1898 and purchased the school from Dr. Bragdon in 1908. His tenure
at the venerable school lasted until his retirement in 1947, one year shy of half a century.
Despite a world torn by two world wars and a major economic depression during Dr.
Winslow's term as leader of Lasell, enrollments continued to rise and its reputation nation-
ally — and even internationally — grew ever stronger.
"On Wednesday morning, June 10, 1903,
in Barton Landing (later Orleans), Vermont, a
young couple was married in the home on the
bridge, high on the hill overlooking the village
in the valley.
Judge Orlo Henry Austin's eldest
daughter, Clara, was marrying Guy Monroe
Winslow, youngest son of the late Dr.
James M. Winslow, of the even smaller
village, nearby Brownington. For the third
time within three years, "the scene of a
quiet wedding," in the words of the local
newspaper, was the Austin home. More
unusual was this additional sentence in
the news account:
"In each case the contracting parties
were from the same families." Guy's older
brother, Evelyn James Winslow, had mar-
ried Clara's younger sister, Emma Austin,
and Guy's and E.J.'s step-brother, Clyde
("Burt" ) Ordway, had married Clara's
even younger sister, Helen Austin. *+
The Winslow family celebrated its 100th
anniversary on June 10. What follows is a brief
excerpt from "Marriage and the Grand Tour in
1903 (From the Diaries of Guy and Clara)," by
their son, Donald J. Winslow.
Funding Sought for
Last spring, four senior Honors students
attended the Northeast National Collegiate
Honors Council annual conference in Gettys-
burg, PA, where they presented the Honors
project they had been working on with Profes-
sor Jill Carey of the Fashion Department. The
students represented Lasell extraordinarily
well, and it was a great experience for them,
as well as an opportunity to showcase Lasell's
connected learning philosophy in action.
The cost of sending these four students to
Gettysburg for three nights was $500 each,
and through the generous donations of
Trustees Sally Andrews and Priscilla Glidden
and Overseer Robin Parry, Lasell was able to
provide this educational opportunity for the
students. This year the NE-NCHC conference
is in Hartford, CT, and Lasell would like to
have a group of Honors students present
their work there. The reduced transportation
costs will save approximately $200 per stu-
dent, so for approximately the same amount
of money ($2100), the College could send seven
students to Hartford. There are 15 seniors in
the Honors capstone course, and the goal is to
make this opportunity available to all of them,
requiring $4500. For more information on how
you can sponsor an Honors student, please
call Ruth Shuman at (617) 243-2140 or email
EDITOR'S NOTE: In the interest of protecting the privacy of our alumni, it is the policy of
the Alumni Affairs Office not to divulge alumni addresses, email addresses or phone
numbers unless it has been verified that the request is from another alumnus.
The content of Class Notes is based on material submitted to Lasell College's Alumni
Office. Due to the large number of submissions, Lasell is unable to verify the factual con-
tent of each entry and is not responsible for erroneous material.
Because of the possibility of unexpected changes, in general, we do not publish future
events, but will be delighted to announce weddings and those events that have already
The Class Notes printed in this issue were received by July 11, 2003 and notes
received after that date will appear in the next issue. If you wish to have a photograph
returned, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
Please send your news to, the Alumni Office at 1844 Commonwealth Avenue,
Newton, MA 02466-2716.
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"Hello to everyone," writes Amorette Larchar Skilton.
"After a hip replacement and heart attack, I am busy with
Louise Newell Audette says, "I keep active by exercis-
ing three times a week at Curves and doing water exercises
at the Y. I still drive around town but depend on my sister
for trips back to New Hampshire and Rhode Island to see
grandchildren." Louise blew out the candles on her 90th
birthday cake in April.
Our sincere condolences to Ruth Stafford Clark whose
cousin, Constance Allen Dunbar '18, died in October 2002.
Constance was 105 years old. Ruth writes, "All good wish-
es for a great 70th reunion. I have just recovered from
pneumonia and am soon to go home from the hospital."
We were sorry to hear that Barbara Stover Van De
Bogert's husband passed away in July 2000. After his
death, Barbara moved from Maine to California to be near
her daughter and family. Barbara recalls, "We had a great
class. While at Lasell, they passed a rule that the nearest
place anyone could smoke was a mile or more away. Time
marches on." Barbara's son authored the book, "Innocence
and Outrage," a true story of a survivor of sexual abuse.
Mabelle Hickcox Camp writes, "I am enjoying life.
They keep us busy with lectures, musicals, movies and
weekly trips. Sorry I won't make reunion, but I only drive
From an assisted-living facility in Alabama, Margaret
Weber Hodges writes, "I am 88 years old and have a great-
granddaughter and great-grandson. I miss New England
Our sincere condolences to Marjorie Reed Colley
whose husband died in December 2002. Marjorie plans to
sell her Florida home and return to Cape Cod to be near
family. She says, "Maybe I will be able to attend my 70th
Georgianna Taber Cotter says, "Hello to all who know
me." Georgianna has been a volunteer in her town of
Taunton, MA for over 30 years, and is active in her church
and various clubs.
"My memories of Lasell, which go back to 1924 at Lasell
Seminary, are vivid," writes Virginia Amesbury Stone,
"but my loss of eyesight and travails with cancer prevented
me from returning for our 65th."
"I shall not be attending reunion this year. I wish my
classmates all the best and will be thinking of you," writes
Adele Brown Lett.
Connie Hatch Herron says, "The joy that my son is
returning to Maine after an army career takes some of the
sting out of having lost both of my sisters in 2002."
"When I graduated in '38 and looked at the alums, I
said,T will never come back when I'm that age,'" admits
Florence Kent Parks. "Famous last words. I'm so glad I
made it and attended our 65th reunion."
Dorothy Keyes says, "I will miss Betty Jackson
Dunning at reunion as she passed away this winter. We
attended our 50th together."
"I have had one year in a senior residence in Illinois
and like it," says Elizabeth Lloyd Fritch. "My younger
daughter and her family live two miles away."
Our sincere condolences to Eleanore Loeffler Olsen
whose husband died in November 2002. Eleanore moved to
Stamford, CT, and hopes to hook up with other '38ers in
Our sincere condolences to Arlene Wishart Sylvester
whose companion died in June 2003.
Frances Shepard Pilkington heard from classmates
Barbara Small Walsh and Ellen Stoll Belbruno. Frances
says, "Happy to hear they are well, and we plan to get
"I am proud of Lasell," writes Allison Starr Elrod.
Allison keeps in touch with Jessie Page Corey and
Sarajenny Annis Stout. She is involved with the historical
society and is a member of P.E.O.
"We are aging but doing nicely," writes Frances Britton
Holden. Frances has eight grandkids and two great-gTand-
Peg Gibb Jackson is getting around in a wheelchair
these days and has hopes of getting an electric chair. She
had a leg removed because of an infection after double
Our sincere condolences to Jean Hale Pierce, whose
husband died in January 1999. Jean says, "I look back over
my happy years at Lasell and wonder where time has
gone." Jean lives in New Hampshire where "I am blessed
by family, three sons, and grandchildren nearby."
"Visiting friends and family at my home in beautiful
Laguna Beach (CA) keeps me happy and busy," writes
Lucy Harrison Eimer.
"I think of my Lasell friends and classmates," writes
Geraldine Bixby Averill.
Constance King Barnes enjoys living in the same com-
plex as Lydia Barnes Smith '35. "We get together often."
"Lasell still holds a special place in my heart," writes
Louise Lorion DeVries. "My first year was spent in
Bragdon where we had a swimming pool. I was president
of the senior class. I am amazed and thrilled at the many
advances the College has made under President de Witt."
Louise has lived in California for over 50 years. "What
wonderful weather we enjoy year-round." She and her hus-
band have been married for 61 years.
Widowed in 2000, Dorothy Macomber Vannah says, "I
downsized to a friendly, busy retirement community. After
62 years, I had lunch with Mary Doig Nicholson. She
looked just the same and is a lot keener than I."
Our sincere condolences to Marjorie Morss Smith
whose son, Kendall, died of pancreatic cancer in January
"I still hear from some of my classmates at Christmas
time. It means a lot to me," says Elizabeth Allen.
After 26 years in New England, Dorothy French Lally
moved to a retirement facility in Maryland, near her
daughter and family.
Margot Moore Harley is happy in an assisted-living
facility in Falmouth, MA. "I love the Cape. There is so
much to see and do."
"Since I've been in slow health for the past year, I no
longer winter in Florida," writes Sally Nolan Williams. "I
save my vacations for children, grandchildren and greats."
"I could not make reunion because my grandson was
graduating from college that weekend," writes Frances
Beebe Jones. Frances still spends summers in "beautiful
"Still living in Arizona in the winter and Vermont in the
summer. A great way to retire," says Patricia Bixby
Margaret Bosworth Logee and her husband celebrated
their 60th wedding anniversary in July with "our six chil-
dren, 15 grands, and four great-grands."
Frances Church Deering participates in church activi-
ties, plays bridge, walks two miles a day (weather-permit-
ting), goes to the movies, and sees her two sons, despite
some minor physical problems this year.
"Hard to believe 60 years have gone by," writes Jane
Cook Cardoza. "Wish I could attend reunion, but circum-
stances prevent it. Have a wonderful weekend. Best wishes
Barbara Dernier Epps says, "I have been married 60
years, have three children, six grandchildren, and have
lived in Columbus (OH) for 40 years. We have traveled to
Europe, Asia, and played lots of golf."
Our sincere condolences to Ann Preuss Gillerlain
whose husband, William, died in December 2002. Ann is
still doing horticulture therapy at a care center and paint-
ing in acrylics.
Priscilla Spence Hall sings barbershop (chorus and
quartet) with the Harmony Sound Waves. "We won recog-
nition at a recent competition in Jacksonville."
Elaine Towne Burlingame was sorry she couldn't
make reunion but had two major events in May — her
granddaughter's wedding and grandson's college gradua-
tion. "Thaf s about all I can handle. Have a wonderful
Volunteering, her church and her grandchildren keep
Carol Wadhams Wolcott busy. She also enjoys travel and
summers at the beach.
Anne Nancy Wells Harris says, "It was a memorable
alumni event at the Melbourne (FL) zoo in March. After
lunch, President de Witt gave a presentation of happenings
LASELL LEAVES FALL 2003
"Looking forward to the 60th reunion and hope we
have a great turnout," writes Edna Barker Nelson.
Our sincere condolences to Betty Fleer Cooper on the
death of her husband, Ronald.
Carol Hill Hart's trip to the west included Utah, Idaho,
Wyoming, and South Dakota. Highlights were the scenic
beauty of the national parks and rafting on the Snake River.
Claire LeComte Roy invites her Lasell friends to stop
by the St. Joan of Arc parish in Orleans (on Cape Cod)
where her son is pastor.
Frances Pariseau Ouellette can't believe her grandson
is graduating college. "How time flies."
Alice Sears Laycock has five children, 15 grandchil-
dren, and six greats.
A bit of philosophy from Dorothy Tobin Staf tier:
"Whether uphill or downhill, life's been a great run!"
Our sincere condolences to Terry Bergeron-Hoyt who
lost the last living member of her family, a brother, in
March. Terry writes, "I had a busy year. I sold my Florida
home and moved to three different locations in three
months. Hi to all my classmates."
"Wasn't sure I would like the new Lasell, but I love
what's been happening there," writes Hope Daigneault
Pezzullo. "We are still having a lark here in Florida."
Marjory Dillon Ramsdell and her husband sold their
Boothbay Harbor, ME summer home and live year-round
in Sarasota, FL. She says, "I continue to visit Rosamond
McCorkindale Blizard and Doris "Wink" Winkemeier
From Delray Beach, Lee Gamble Stanley writes, "I
would love to hear from or see any of my classmates who
might remember me, especially Ellie and Fran." Lee is
"enjoying life," plays tennis, swims, and is active in her
church. She has lived in Florida for 17 years. She raised
three children (one is deceased), has four grandchildren
and one great-grandson.
Shirley Cleason keeps up with all of the groups
and associations to which she belongs and is enjoying
"After 58 years in Maryland, I returned to my roots on
Cape Cod," writes Doris Crocker Easter.
Our sincere condolences to Lucille Sahakian Davies,
whose husband, David, died in November 2002. Lucille
became a great-grandmother in October.
"Still active in all my clubs," writes Barbara Weeks
Dow, "and take day and overnight trips with a group."
Barbara and her husband often go ballroom dancing.
Jean Christiansen Maloney is proud that her son and
his wife had their fifth children's book published.
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Since her husband's death, Dorothy Papani Palmer has
taken over the chairmanship of the company. She says, "I
still have my studio and paint when time permits. I contin-
ue to live on Nantucket Island seasonally."
"I am enjoying retirement because I am able to spend
more time with family, grandchildren and friends," writes
Joanne Bossi True. "I also love helping elementary school
children with reading and am the children's librarian at my
church. Tai chi and watercolor painting are also part of my
life." Joanne says one of the best things to happen this past
year was getting in touch with Ruth Hilton, who now lives
In November, Virginia Bowers Noyes became a great-
grandmother. She says, "It is hard to believe. I don't feel
that old." Virginia enjoyed a big family reunion for her
mother's 100th birthday in which five generations were
CLASS OF 1948
band," writes June Gray Taylor.
Norma Pickett Wise enjoyed a visit from Vicky Stone
Leary. "We drove to Savannah, Hilton Head, and Beaufort,
SC. It is a beautiful old area with lots of history. We had a
Eleanor Ritchie Elmore says trips to Boston and NYC
keep her busy.
Mini-renion on June 17, 2003 at the home of Lee Pool Langley in NH.
Back row (L to R) Judy Greenough Udaloy, Anne Blake Perkins, Moo
Ross Benshimol, Joan Hanson Blake, Ginny Terhune Hersom and Lee
Pool Langley. Front row (L to R) Lynn Blodgett Williamson, Nan
Somerville Blowney, Done Crathern French, Phyl Paige Downes, Lee
From California, Thea Chung Lang writes that she and
her husband enjoyed their twice-annual vacation on the
Pebble Beach peninsula.
In 2002, Betty MacNeil Lentini and her husband cele-
brated their 50th anniversary with their five children and
five grandchildren. Betty says, "I am active in many ways
so that I stay young." Two of Betty's daughters, Nina
Lentini Norman '73 and Marianne Lentini '83, graduated
"I enjoy reading Class Notes and finding out about the
ladies in my class," writes Jean Morgan Koenitzer. Jean is
busy with community causes such as Habitat for Humanity,
spousal abuse, and migrant workers, to name a few.
Anne Chapman Berl hoped to make it to her 55th
reunion. "Would like to catch up with some of my
Our sincere condolences to Hazel Comeau Hicks, whose
husband of 52 years died last year. Hazel says, "My time is
taken up with my great-grandchildren and some traveling. I
am blessed with good health, friends, and family."
Florence Keeney Havens is busy with church work,
sewing for foster children, knitting caps for newborns,
serving on several committees, and being a literacy volun-
teer. She says, "It is a challenge to teach my student, a
Spanish-speaking woman, to speak, read, and write in
"Enjoying my home and my husband's retirement. Best
to everybody," writes Martha Kennedy Ingersoll.
"Sorry I can't be there for our 55th. Getting a new right
knee in May. Best to everyone in our class," writes Lois
Ann Myers Beck reports, 'Took a
wonderful 7-day Caribbean cruise with
all my sons. It was the first time we were
all together in many years. A week to
"Can't believe I'm a great-grand-
mother of two. If s wonderful to be here
to enjoy them. Love to everyone from
Lasell," writes Barbara Nielsen Cram.
Barbara Pinney Burnham plays lots
of golf and bridge.
Dorothea Piranian congratulates
Jeanne Meyer Bird on her 50th wedding
anniversary. Dorothea also keeps in
touch with Ruth Hilton who lives in
Jean Place Nichols has been retired
for 13 years. She enjoys reading, needle-
work, and golf. Jean says, "My husband
and I enjoy good health and travel as
much as possible."
From New Hampshire, June Smith
Noreen writes, "Still enjoying life, ski-
ing, weaving, and volunteering.
"Life in retirement continues to be
busy with grandchildren, golf, and ten-
nis," writes Judy Tracy Shanahan.
"As reunion liaison, I was pleased to hear from many '48
"Sorry I am unable to join you at reunion but am in the
process of arranging for total knee replacement. I look for-
ward to all reunion pictures and news," writes Doris
Trefny Iandoli. Regarding a call to Irnia Lipsitt Wolfe,
Doris says, "It was great to speak to an old friend."
Ann Truex Dickinson writes, "We had a wonderful
visit with Charlotte Guptill Norcross and her husband in
March at their home in Naples (FL).
"Still enjoying retirement and traveling with my hus-
"I'm fortunate to still be kicking the gong around at age
72," writes Eleanor Barton. Eleanor is busy with house ren-
ovations and staying in touch with Lasell friends: Naomi,
Carme, Sally, Joanie, and Harriet.
Virginia Hopson Griffin is a docent at the Roger Tory
Peterson Institute and at the Robert Jackson Center in
Jamestown (NY). She says, "I would be happy to guide
anyone through either of these interesting places. People
come from all over the world to see them."
Bunny Judd Hayes and her husband celebrated their
Our sincere condolences to Ariel Leonard Robinson
whose husband, William, died in December 2001. Last
summer, Ariel visited Barbara Chipman Will.
Marion Ribarich Connick keeps in touch with Pat
Lynch O'Brien, and they both sent congratulatory notes to
Joanne Kelley Peters, who celebrated her 50th wedding
anniversary in May. Marion and her husband spend win-
ters in Florida. She says, "It was a big thrill shopping for a
prom dress with my first-born grandchild."
Astrid Selander Fowler chaired a dinner dance at a
club in Newport, RI, the proceeds of which went to provide
funds for the arts for public school children.
Beverly Walker Ward says, "Our critter-sitting busi-
ness is doing great. We are now in our 6th year." Beverly
celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary in January, has
four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
On a trip around New England, Mary Frances Wheeler
McKinley stopped by the Lasell College Alumni Affairs
Office. She said, 'It was the first time I had been back since
graduation. I was totally lost." Mary Frances stays in touch
with Clarke friends, Pat Sickley Hulce and Helen Graham
Carol Bancroft was the featured guest speaker at the
Society of Illustrators in NYC in April, sponsored by the
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Carol's
company (in Connecticut) represents over 30 illustrators to
publishers of children's materials.
Lucille Chase Oldham is enjoying retirement. She says,
"We have three grandchildren who are active in sports, so
we are busy watching their games and trying to keep up
with them. Lucille still hears from Margi Dodd Schmidt
and Jean Kilgore Owen. In the winter, Lucille heads down
to Bradenton, FL.
Our sincere condolences to Edna Duge Watson, whose
husband died in 1997. Edna works in the finance depart-
ment and customer service for Visiting Nurse and Hospice
Care in Stamford, CT. She has two grandchildren and trav-
els when she can.
Lois Hutchinson Woodward has five grandchildren.
Barbara Jankowski Rusch went on a 5-day shopping
trip to Ireland with 43 ladies and traveled to Hawaii with
her 17-year-old granddaughter. "Great fun."
"Fifty-three of us — including children, stepchildren,
grandchildren, step-grandchildren — are going on a
Caribbean cruise. What a circus," says Arlene Kelly
Having spent two months in the hospital, Barbara
McRoberts Collingwood is hoping to be well enough to
celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary.
Betty Lou Shattuck Musser suffered a stroke in March,
effecting only her eyes, and is recovering well. She sends
her best to all at Lasell.
In November, Nancy Allen Banks celebrated her 50th
wedding anniversary. She says, "Our four daughters host-
ed a catered party for 150 people, including our eight
grandchildren. It was a meaningful and memorable time
"Great reunion last year, except for the rain," says Alice
Baker Alexander. "Enjoyed seeing and trying to recognize
all my old (no pun intended) classmates, even meeting
some I'd never known before. The campus is the same, but
not the same (which is comforting)."
"Our reunion was great except for the rain. Looking
forward to my summer on the Cape and visiting with
Bunny Clark Green and other Lasell friends," writes Mary
Ann DeDominicis Ciccio.
"I've been selling real estate for 30 years now," writes
Marianna Firebaugh Burgund. Last year Marianna trav-
LASELL LEAVES FALL 2003
eled from her home in Florida to South Africa. Marianna
went to Lasell's 150th celebration and to the alumni lun-
cheon at the zoo in Melbourne, FL in March. "They were
Dottie Mulhere Barrett plans to attend her twin grand-
daughters' high school graduation. Then she is heading on
to Gettysburg, PA to the Boyd's Bears new flagship store
because she is a collector. She writes, "Old and sick as I am,
I still teach swimming."
Girtny Snedaker Marschall '52 with husband, Kurt,
and Phyllis Gleason Riley '52 with husband, Tad, in
California. Ginny and Phyllis had a wonderful visit
and enjoyed getting caught up on their lives.
An update from Mary Blackham Kelly: I'm getting
married after having been widowed since 2000, and I love
living on the Cape."
In her church, Priscilla Boggs Killian sings in the choir
and plays the hand-bells. Her hobbies include golf, swim-
ming, gardening, and reading. Priscilla has two grandchil-
It has just come to our attention that Molly Bondareff
Krakauer's husband, Charlie, died in 1988. Molly has 12
grandchildren and is an academic administrator in the
African and Afro- American studies department at Brandeis
University. In 1996 she received a B.A. with honors in
English and American Literature from Brandeis.
"Sorry not to be able to make it to reunion," writes Eva
Bunzel Bulman. 'Timing is bad for me as we spend July
through September in Vermont and winters in Savannah.
Life is good."
Mary Florence Burke Brinn is still selling real estate in
Ohio, enjoying her eight grandchildren and volunteering.
She celebrated her 45th wedding anniversary. Vacations
included Naples, FL, and Brewster on the Cape.
Sally Churchill Lowell says she has so many wonder-
ful personal highlights that it would take a book to men-
tion them all.
Elinor Cohen Goldman had a new grandson born in
Connie Cullman Broderick is enjoying retirement in
Savannah. She says, "We have nine grandchildren. Great
"After not seeing each other for 10 years," writes Diane
Cueny Harden, "spending reunion weekend with my
roommate, Steffie Wennberg Conkling, is the highlight of
my year." Since retiring to Tampa, Diane gets to visit with
Jean Weeks Hanna, "my next-door neighbor in Bragdon."
"Congratulations to the 50th reunion graduates!" writes
Edith Davis Nixon. "I enjoyed sending photo mailings to
the Briggs gals and enjoyed their letters. Happiness and
good health to all."
Louise Dawe Turner says, "We moved to a beautiful
townhouse in a new "over-55 community." I am still
working in real estate. My husband has been ill the past
few years and has had several strokes."
"Just retired," writes Marie DiSilva Stocki. "Enjoying
life and trying to stay healthy."
Kathryn Dolan says her volunteer work at the New
Hampshire State Prison for Women is rewarding.
Evelyn Earle Lukeman was sorry to miss reunion.
"Fifty years doesn't seem possible. I will always have lots
of special memories of my two years at LJC."
Shirley Gibbons San Soucie spends most of the year in
Florida but heads for Martha's Vineyard each summer. Her
daughter and two granddaughters recently moved near
her home in Florida. She says, "I enjoy attending basketball
games and horse shows with them."
Janet Gleason Nolan writes, "Just began a new job
helping older folks, which category I'm not in yet (well,
maybe tripping over the edge of it). Thanks to my Lasell
business math teacher, Miss May, I'm working with people
for whom math is a foreign language."
Barbara Howell is a member of the Wayland,MA con-
servation commission and is a volunteer for an urban edu-
cation program. She is also a birder.
Jody Humphrey Bryant lives in the Palm Springs area
in California. In 1974, she graduated from college as a res-
piratory care practitioner.
Althea Janke Gardner and her husband will be cele-
brating their 48th anniversary in November. She says, "We
are grandparents of 10 little perfects." About reunion
Althea says, "It was a marvelous 50th reunion."
"Life is good here in the mountains of western North
Carolina," writes Elsie Knaus Klemt, "and even better in
Maine, where I spend summers being nana to my grand-
daughter." About reunion, Elsie says, "We 50th reunioners
surely did have fun. It was a great weekend. The memories
are still casting a warm glow over me."
Betsy Keys Gage enjoyed visiting her sister in Florida
where it was 95 degrees compared to the two feet of snow
she left behind in New Jersey. "We also enjoy our summer
home in Quebec."
"Moved to a retirement community in December," says
Carol Lindstrom Jobes. "We have three sons, five grand-
children, and do some traveling."
June Martin Godfrey is retired, travels, bikes, and
plays lots of golf, tennis, and bridge. She spends summers
in Falmouth, MA and winters on Sanibel, FL. She has five
grandchildren. About reunion, June says, "It was a great
weekend. The Class of 1953 really felt special. I had a great
Pat Mitchel Foster has four sons and six grandchildren.
Living in Andover, MA for the past 21 years, Carol
Moriarty Phleger says, "My husband and I are enjoying
these special years and remain active and healthy. I still
enjoy golf, skiing, and ice-skating. Our three children and
five grandchildren live nearby, and we treasure our time
together. Our love for travel continues. Our most recent
trip was aboard a sailing ship from Malta to Rome. Best
regards to all my classmates."
Our sincere condolences to Greta Nilsson Masson
whose husband died two years ago. Now retired, Greta
keeps busy with gardening, flower arranging, doing photo
and house styling and, most recently, sailing. Her children
Betty Lou Page met up with Velma Field Gallegos in
Costa Rica and visited with Virginia Faesy.
Myrna Pasternak Kahan was sorry she wasn't able to
make reunion but suggests that her Connecticut classmates
call her so they can make arrangements to meet.
"I've lived in Texas for 26 years and recently moved
into a new house," writes Jan Pearson Hauck. Jan is an
avid duplicate bridge player, spends time with family and
friends, and has four "wonderful" grandchildren.
Sylvia Pf eif f er Nesslinger says, "I was married during
my second year of Lasell — the first student to do this in
the history of the College. Thus, January 24, 2003 was the
day to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary." Sylvia has
three children and two nieces, as pre-teens, who became
part of their family. She now has 10 grandchildren. Since
her husband's retirement, she is busier than ever. Sylvia
says, "Reunion was a great occasion. I am so thankful I was
able to attend and see Lasell in a whole new light, and, of
course, to revisit lovely memories with friends from
"Still keeping busy with family (three married children,
seven grandkids), friends, volunteer things, and tennis,"
says Jeanette Roberts Mann. "I'm in touch via e-mail with
roommates Betty Anne Nuovo Johnson and Louise Dawe
Turner, and with Althea Janke Gardner, Bunny Coats
Stryeski and Audrey Thompson Rielle, long-time trea-
sured friends." About reunion, Jeannette says, "I had a
"Enjoyed our 50th reunion," writes Donna Ross
Hurley. "It was great to see so many classmates, and Bravo
Broadway was outstanding."
Mary Thomas Justice moved to Florida to live close to
her youngest daughter and granddaughters. "Still busy
getting settled and finding my way around."
"After 40 years at the same address, we moved to
Jupiter, FL," writes Audrey Thompson Rielle. Audrey has
Bev Thornton Hallowell was so excited about the 50th
reunion. Bey's four daughters and 10 grandchildren are
busy and happy.
"I was so sorry to miss our 50th reunion," writes Joy
Ufford Penderville, "but was visiting our youngest daugh-
ter and family in Armenia."
"Retirement in Falmouth, MA has been wonderful,"
writes Shirley Vara Gallerani. Shirley is president of the
newcomer's club and sits on the hospital auxiliary board of
directors. "We love to travel and see our nine grandchil-
dren." Regarding reunion, Shirley says, "What a great
weekend. Everything was so well planned and executed."
Jean Weeks Hanna sold her home in Connecticut and
is now a Horida resident.
Mary Wellington McKoan says, "I am sorry not to
attend reunion. Have a wonderful time."
"To my fellow 1953 classmates, cheers and good wishes
on the celebration of our 50th reunion," writes Virginia
Mary Atterbury Bradshaw says she is doing more trav-
eling in her 12 years of retirement than when she worked
for the airlines. She is now a justice of the peace as well as
active in politics and church. Mary often sees Nancy
"I will be moving to Wellfleet on Cape Cod full-time
this summer," writes Nancy Atwood Cook.
"I love living on a lake, traveling, and being with our
five grandchildren," says Ann Chidsey Moebius.
Susan Johnson Keane plays in three golf leagues and
has "seven wonderful grandchildren."
Jean Lowcock Nalibow is the former area staff director
of AARP. Each of her six children has a mate, and Jean has
Lynn Marino Zentmaier enjoyed her cousin's wedding
in Germany and continued on a 12-day tour of France.
"Nine wonderful grandchildren all living within five
miles of us in New Jersey," writes Carole Mattucci Wall.
Carole plays lots of golf and has a busy life. She has homes
in New Jersey, Florida, and on Cape Cod.
From New Jersey, Nancy Perry Voll writes,
"Roommate Lynn Marino Zentmaier lives nearby. We
often meet for lunch or a day outing. We miss having our
other roommate, Joan Rabbitt Downey (in Connecticut),
"Looking forward to next year's reunion — our 50th,"
writes Nancy Swanson Horsfield.
"Busy marketing my first book and working on the
next," writes Judith Bowen Horky. Judith enjoys six
grandkids, golf, and Kauai once in a while.
Anne Cranton Mix writes, "Helping Habitat for
Humanity, traveling, and living on the Cape keep me busy
and happy. Our three girls have produced 15 grandchil-
"Spent the winter in our Florida home," says JoAnne
DiPietro DiMarco. "Went to the alumni event in Delray.
Have not seen any of my classmates at these luncheons."
Elaine Gaysunas Coppinger moved to the Cape and is
Nancy Goodman Cobin saw Bobbie Jennings in
Hawaii. "She looks the same, and it was fun talking over
Lucille Marden Randall travels to the states of Florida
and Washington for salmon fishing. She also enjoys camp-
ing in her motor home. She has five great-grandchildren.
Marilyn Meyer Herlin enjoyed a wonderful visit with
her college roommate, Valerie Montanez Barto, in
Jean Ryder Tyler traveled to Orlando to visit friends
and Carson City, NV, to visit family. She says, "My grand-
daughter lives with me (in Ohio) while she attends college.
It is fun to see how college has changed."
Maxine Seidel Lyle says that lunch with Janet Holmes
Murphy and overnight visits with Suke Thomas Wiard
give her a feeling that she is keeping up with Lasell.
Maxine has two granddaughters.
Dorothy Craig Kochli loves the Augusta, GA/Aiken,
SC area and discovered that her neighbor graduated from
Sandra Davis Hudson's husband is doing great after
bypass surgery. Sandra spends winters in Arizona and
summers in Maine. This past summer she flew back to
Arizona for her oldest grandson's wedding.
About her move to Brewster (Cape Cod) last July, Terry
Kilgore Mannix says, "I really love it here. The snow is
wonderful and so are the spring flowers. Visitors are wel-
"Sold our house in New York, kept a cottage for the
summer, and moved to Arizona to enjoy hiking, riding,
golf, painting, and the natural beauty of the desert," writes
Carol Phalen Swiggett.
Congratulations to Katharine Taft on her induction
into the Second Wind Hall of Fame, which recognizes
retirees for outstanding service to others and the communi-
ty. Katharine spearheaded the effort to find and record all
the graves in Polk County, NC. In addition, she is leading
the effort to raise funds to build a new library building. In
her spare time, Katharine enjoys gardening.
Carole Crandall Stiles still works and takes several
trips a year. She enjoys golf and bridge and would love to
see her classmates at the next reunion.
"I've moved closer to Seattle, to an enchanted place. I
feel like I'm on a trail at Mt. Rainier. I'm involved with
energetics and quantum physics medicine," writes Marion
Day Grosjean. "My first exposure to this was a philosophy
class taught by the Dean of Students at Lasell in 1955. It
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was one of my favorite classes."
Joan Kramer Edelman's son had a baby girl.
Barbara Polidor Kubichek retired from her position as
a statistical analyst in a New Jersey hospital after 23 years.
She keeps busy with nine grandchildren and a home at the
On a trip south in March, Nancye Van Deusen Connor
stopped to see Jani Coulter Langmaid "at her wonderful
townhouse in Alexandria. I also had brunch with Bobbie
Flint Gerold at her home in Virginia. It was wonderful to
see them. "
"Working part-time for a group of ophthalmologists
and spending lots of time with my 10 grandchildren,"
writes Sue Allen Busa.
Betty Anderson Fairchild says, "We from the Class of
1958 felt this was the best reunion so far. Everything was
awesome. The gals thought the line dancing was creative,
and the concert was spectacular."
It has been almost 13 years since Bev Bearse Sowerby
had a heart transplant. She recently moved to live near her
son and grandchildren. Bev plans to get in touch with
Brenda Jones Rand and Brenda Weinstein Less.
"Those at reunion weekend for our 45th all had a
blast," writes Jeanne Bradner Morgan. "I think the key is
to stay on campus. Even the first-timers will be returning
for the 50th. They could not believe what they had been
missing. With age comes wisdom. Some of us have to get
really old before we smarten up. Mark your calendar for
May 2008, and see you on campus."
'Total paradise," writes Terry Brahe Lanham. "After
36 vears of living up north, we have retired to Hilton
"Semi-retired, loving it, and happy living in the Smoky
Mountains," writes Judith Butler Weppel. Judith is doing
some travel business but also selling jewelry in an upscale
store. She says, "Hi to everyone in the class of 1958."
"Still actively involved in real estate," writes Penny
Carlson O'Brien. Penny enjoys her grandchildren, who
live nearby, and is looking forward to another season of
After the March blizzard in Denver, Carol Christopher
was ready for her five days in St. John's and 10 days sailing
in the Virgin Islands.
Nancy Cincotti Emmons owns the Village Stitchery
again and is enjoying her grandkids.
"Can't believe we've lived on Nantucket Island for 20
years," writes Barbara Clark Owen. "We have three chil-
dren and seven grandchildren, who visit as often as possi-
ble. We love visits from friends, too!" Barbara's hobbies
include oil painting and beading. She enjoyed a visit with
Jeanne Bradner Morgan.
"First-time grandmother and loving it," says Bobbie
Cummings Taylor. Regarding reunion, Bobbie says, "The
weekend was one to remember. We had a wonderful time,
and the friendships keep seasoning."
Despite a disability, Laurie Ferrante Cannon started
her own business — fashion accents with versatility. She
says, "I create and choose colors as if I were painting a can-
vas." Her work is sold in New Jersey boutiques.
Patsy Graff Willoughby is retired, living in Horida,
and spending half of her time in upstate NY. She enjoyed a
winter of skiing.
Midge Guterman Dembitzer is a life master in bridge.
Her son, Steve, produced the movie, "In the Bedroom."
Midge has two other children.
Kirsten Harvey Brownell is well and enjoying retire-
ment in central Pennsylvania. She and her husband spent
two weeks in Provence, France, and three weeks with their
daughter in Wyoming.
Marion Heinsohn Mitchell works part-time at her
church and enjoys her three granddaughters. She is friend-
ly with Nancy Cincotti Emmons.
Gail Jackson keeps in touch with Melanie Grill
Richardson. She says, "I am still an active member of the
Screen Actor's Guild and am working in movies and com-
mercials in New England. Regards to all."
Ann Laramy Calvin is active in Kiwanis, community
service, and her church. She has four grandchildren. She
and her husband have traveled through Europe, gone on
several Caribbean cruises, and have traveled the east coast
of the US with their trailer.
Hailing from California where she has lived for almost
25 years, Jan McPherson Pretto has also lived in Germany,
Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Kentucky.
Jan has two children and five grandchildren. She says, "I
am always babysitting someone." Jan enjoys mah jongg,
bridge, her womens' group and works part-time as a nurse.
Myra Packer Zale is still working and enjoys hearing
from Lasell friends. She has a son and a daughter.
Portia Pan tages is busy with her church and is active in her
city of Waban, MA.
Beverlee Raymond Henion has been a widow for four
years. She works at an entrepreneurial investment firm.
She is also an artist, photographer, and landscape designer.
She is active in pontics and theatre. She has two sons and
two grandchildren. Beverlee often sees Roxie Miller
A teacher for many years, Lee Regan, now retired, con-
tinues teaching in home schooling.
Carolyn Reid Towne works part-time as a nurse and
enjoys skiing, tennis, biking, scuba diving, and traveling.
About her first grandchild, Carolyn says, "a joy to all of us."
Meade Simpson Fasciano volunteers at the Museum of
Fine Arts in Boston. She has six grandchildren. Meade says,
"I love living in Cambridge." Regarding reunion, Meade
says, "It was a great day and evening."
"Enjoying retirement with gardening, knitting, volun-
teer work, and traveling," says Jacquelyn Smith Johnson.
Joyce Stilling Wyatt writes, "Moved into a great new
home this past year and have been traveling in our motor
home. A new puppy also keeps me busy. My first grand-
child is on the way. Wow. Life is good."
Linda Truell Good says, "Life is great, but alas, no
grandchildren. We are traveling in the US and having fun."
Regarding reunion, "We all had a great time. Everything
"Our 45th reunion was delightful. Now everyone is
looking forward to our 50th, " writes June Valter Harding.
"I was impressed with all the changes at Lasell. Just don't
put me on the third floor of Gardner next time. I may not
Beverly Anne Vincent Jennings completed a medical
coding and billing certificate program in December.
Brenda Weinstein Less established a full-service cater-
ing service, with headquarters in Peabody, MA, in partner-
ship with her husband.
Our sincere condolences to Gail Winalski Burd on the
death of her mother. Gail is one of the artists whose work is
featured at Huggs, a gift shop in Naples, FL. Gail designs
shell creations, shell poems, and greeting cards. She gets
her inspiration from the pristine beaches that line the coast
of southwest Florida.
Martha Houle Walsh retired, and enjoys traveling and
managing her properties. She says, "I do a lot of volunteer
work and am still waiting for grandchildren."
Audrey Bergesen Long writes, "My interior design
firm continues to flourish. My children live nearby, which
is great, and my two grandchildren are truly fun."
Joan Corthouts McCormick says she is still happily sell-
ing real estate, trying to learn golf, and spending as much
time as she can with her three adorable granddaughters.
Julia Ellingham Stange returned from San Diego,
where one of her sons set a world record for 24-hour
endurance at a race in the desert. Julia's daughter was mar-
ried in July. She notes, "Not getting much Florida time."
Leslie Ghilani Elkins still manages a large group med-
ical practice in Framingham, MA.
From North Carolina, Mary Alice MacCallum Gozzi
writes, "Life is good." We have five grandchildren. Would
love to hear from the girls at Gardner. Anyone hear from
Marilyn Glicksman Mulhern?"
"Reunion weekend was a fun weekend. Put me down
for next year," says Linda Telfer.
Jane Harmon Carr writes, "I have two sweet grand-
daughters living in France. They are spending the summer
with me in Maine to learn English. Ooo-la-la!"
Connie Hofberg Ford is working for a home health
company. She has four grandsons.
I am realizing my life dream by teaching swing and
ballroom dancing to groups in my home," says Elizabeth
Hood. "It is challenging and rewarding. I am starting a
new career as I plan my retirement."
For the past year, Chase Kirschner Wilson has been
volunteering five days a week mentoring minority children
in a charter school in Delray Beach. She is also using her
psychology skills to help train the teachers "to discipline
with love." Chase says, "It is wonderful to feel like you are
making a difference."
"Enjoyed retirement for three months and then
returned to the workforce to work with pre-K students,"
writes Valerie Orcutt Sirignano. "Had a picture-perfect
day for my daughter's wedding in July 2002."
Donna Skillings Kessler enjoyed 2-1/2 great months
in Florida "as our Maine winter was long and hard. We left
after the arrival of our twin granddaughters, grandchildren
# 7 and # 8. They continue to be a constant joy for us."
Valerie Tarracciano Piazza and her sister, Patricia
Tarracciano Ciccone '57, both live in Scottsdale, AZ. They
are looking forward to another alumni get-together out
"Still love living in Arizona," writes Wendy
Wolfenden. "Enjoy keeping in touch with Draperites of
'61. Come visit anytime."
Ann Abbott Bowler is enjoying retirement. She says,
'Time to travel with husband, time to spend with two
grandchildren, and time for two weeks in the Caribbean
"My husband and I love to travel," writes Linda Bald
Lathrop. This past year's trips included Niagara Falls,
Maine, a cruise, and St. Maarten.
"Retired from my position as a paraprofessional in the
school system last October," writes Nance Darrow Morin,
"and enjoying frequent trips to Longboat Key, FL."
Carolyn Grant Leary's husband has "thankfully"
recovered from a stroke. Their youngest daughter graduat-
ed from college, and their son is playing baseball for
Southern CT State U.
"I finally have a grandchild from scratch," writes Betsy
MacMillan Blackledge, who already has two step-grand-
children. "What joy having a baby in the family. I'm fortu-
nate to live nearby and be part of their lives." Betsy
continues to run the family fitness club and care for her 93-
Brenda Altaian Berman enjoys being with her two
grandsons who live nearby. She works as a local coordina-
tor for a company in Cambridge, MA.
Last fall Kathy Baker Taylor spent three weeks travel-
ing through the Italian countryside. She has a one-year-old
"Great seeing the impressive campus and old friends at
the 40th reunion in May," writes Debbie Begg McKinney.
"I am grooming my granddaughters for Lasell. In the
future, I would love to live at Lasell Village." Debbie and
her college sweetheart, Tom, celebrated their 39th wedding
Nancy Bunn Oakes' son was married in September
2002 and she has one grandchild.
Jeanne Chase Peckham has six grandchildren.
"Reunion was wonderful. It was great to see the girls of
Converse House," writes Bette Cole Greene. Bette just
returned from three months of traveling across "this beau-
"I am unable to attend reunion," writes Gail Ferrucci
Camputaro. "I am currently and have been for the last 20
years the Director of the Council of Aging in Daytona
Beach, and in May there are a multitude of activities
planned for the seniors. Sorry to be one of the classmates to
break the chain." Gail has two grandchildren and enjoys
living in Horida, "because the weather makes you feel like
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you are on vacation all year long."
Penny Peterson Atwell couldn't attend reunion at the
last minute, but wrote the following poem:
How innocent we were, how easy to say
those words in the yearbook of yesterday.
When friends were forever and life was a dream
we'd always be buddies or so it seemed.
But life intruded on that simple phrase
as one by one we went separate ways.
From college to jobs, to homes far astray
and friends forever faded away.
Then on a gentle warm summer's day
the girls from Lasell gather to play.
To relive warm memories when life was a game
to celebrate youth once more they came.
Fuzzy pink slippers, dungaree skirts,
hearing the Everly Brothers till your ears hurt.
Curfews, demerits and guys from BC
learning to grow up, my roomies and me.
So young and carefree, testing our wings
living with strangers and sharing our things.
Shaky first steps away from home,
making new friends, we were never alone.
Yes, 40 years have slipped away
but the memories fell just like yesterday.
We'll laugh and smile, cry and hug
each to the other still well loved.
Voices remembered, smiles so dear,
almost a dream to be so near.
Soft voices will linger long into night
in fear that by morning they'll have taken flight.
Remember when . . . the reunion refrain
followed by giggles once again.
In the blink of an eye away the years fell
we're still the Converse girls from Lasell.
Such wonderful joy, the spirit rejoices,
my heart still treasures those long ago voices.
Parting so bittersweet, tinged with sorrow
still Converse girls for all our tomorrows.
Since 1974, Bonny Rogers Collins has lived in Stone
Mountain, GA and worked as a legal assistant /office
manger for a small firm. Her daughter was married on
New Year's Eve. Bonny is "looking forward to returning to
Lasell for another reunion and fun time with former class-
Linda Senter Wright and her college sweetheart,
Merritt, celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary.
Karin Skooglund Bartow had this to say about
reunion: "Reunion for the class of '63 turned out to be a
Converse reunion. Attending and staying at Converse,
now known as Saunders, were: Linda Senter Wright, Jean
Easterbrooks, Suzanne Banghart, Deb Potvin Kelso,
Bonny Rogers Collins, Barb Christiansen Haimann,
Debbie Begg McKinney, Ginny Kidd Vreeland, Susan
Albano Cowan, Bette Cole Greene and me. Midge Myles
Miller, Gail Ferrucci Camputaro, Penny Peterson Atwell
and Bette Marbach Wurster were in touch, but unable to
make it. We were all sad to learn this spring that Mary Lou
Herbert Shute died in 1997. We just found Karen Jaynes
Tiger, and if we could locate Bobbie Seiden, we will all be
accounted for. To everyone else in the Class of 1963, it is
worth it to get your group back to Lasell. It is priceless!"
Karin continues, "I still can't sing but my laugh is intact."
Karin has raised two children, moved from the "burbs"
five years ago, and is living in Cambridge. She started a
marketing business for visual artists. She lives in her own
condo, and her new life partner lives in his.
Arlene Ferreira Rego spends summers in Rhode
Island and winters in Naples, FL, and enjoys her two
Catherine Sanford Nurmi is enjoying her second
grandson and recovering from a total knee replacement.
Marjorie Story Brown reports, "My husband and I had
a wonderful trip to Sarasota to visit Ellie Lamson Brewster
and her husband. Ellie and I have stayed best of friends."
About her one-year-old grandchild, Barbara Caron
MacLean says, "What fun it is to be a grandparent."
"Still living in Marshfield, MA with the same terrific
guy for the last 32 years," writes Paula Quattrocchi
Tingley. Paula continues to work in a special-needs
preschool (with autistic and PDD children). She has three
Last spring, Gail Williamson-Hawes spent two weeks
in England; one week of which was on a boat touring the
Sharon Le Van '66 made a new friend at the
Melbourne, FL Brevard Zoo alumni event in March
Betty Pace (Nursing '68) says, "It is hard to believe if s
been 35 years. I recall those years with great fondness."
Betty has three children.
"Life is full, and we have been blessed," writes Vicki
Tenney Graboys regarding her re-marriage and the five
children and new grandchild they have between them.
"The years fly by, and I enjoy testing new water,"
writes Lisa Altshuler Freidus. "In addition to painting in
watercolor, I have branched out into acrylics and mono-
types. With regard to her daughter's engagement, Lisa
says, "Boy, do I feel old."
Heather Heath Reed says, "In anticipation of reunion,
I've made wonderful e-mail connections with classmates
and hope we'll all see one another at reunion." Heather has
also been in touch with classmates whom she didn't really
know at school. Ann Sterner Tyler lives nearby, and we
had a wonderful 3-hour get-acquainted lunch. A former
classmate, and now new friend, in my backyard."
"Old friends are the best," writes Edith Hogsett
Whitney. "Carol Johnson Hodgdon, Lisa Altshuler
Freidus, Marsha Gordon Bornstein and I have renewed
our Lasell friendship and get together about once a year."
Edith is working as a school psychologist in a charter
school. She has been married 32 years and has a 16-year-
old son "whose main interests are guitar and girls."
Roberta Munce Nelson enjoys owning her own realty
company in Lynnfield, MA.
Sue Pegues Owen has two boys who live in the
Washington, DC area.
"Our youngest son graduated from college and our
oldest son got married last September," says Cynthia
Ann Sterner Tyler has a grandson.
Janice Taylor Perruzzi's daughter graduated law
school, passed the bar, and got married. "Whew. No big
plans this year."
Dale Tufts Yale opened a consulting business focusing
on land use and zoning and is busy. She became a grand-
parent for the first time in June 2002.
For the past six years, Jacqueline Dubin Foster has
been working as a library aide in the children's room in a
Linda Luskin Towne and her husband celebrated their
8th anniversary this past year with a 2-week cruise from
New Orleans to Costa Rica. She writes, "Cruising has
become our annual treat. The only pastime we enjoy more
is spending time with our two grandchildren. We are the
proudest of grandparents."
Alice Marquess Woodward is a teacher.
After 18 years as director of alumnae and public rela-
tions at a day school in Princeton, NJ, Janet Sheffer
Kerney retired in June. She says, "I am looking forward to
more time with family and awaiting grandchild #6."
Linda Campbell Seek is having her house renovated,
which is located on an island in Sorrento, ME.
Suzanne Gordon moved to Charleston last September
and loves it.
Joyce Freedman Kreppel is still selling real estate in
MetroWest Massachusetts. Her son, an only child, graduat-
ed from college.
"Hello to all my friends," writes Carol Goulian
Stewart. Carol continues to volunteer and raise her three
children who, she says, are "lots of fun."
Johanna Nahatis Kadra and her twin, Christina
Nahatis Barrett, have driven past Lasell's campus numer-
ous times. Johanna says, "Every time we pass the College,
we talk about our fond memories of our two years there.
The school looks extraordinary with all the new buildings."
"I have retired from the department of human
resources at Johns Hopkins Hospital and do part-time con-
sulting," writes Amy Juskowitz Sponseller. Amy is also
president of a foundation for children with cancer. She
says, 'In my free time, I love being at home with our two
Cynthia Scalzi Brown is teaching English as a second
language in Stamford, CT. She has a daughter in college
and a son in prep school.
"I had a wild summer running a girl-scout camp as part
of my job," writes Susan Clark Miller. "Canoes, alligators,
and thunderstorms could not dampen our spirits. All my
child education has come in handy."
Julia McDonald Boliver is a vice president of a NYC
investment firm and lives in Garden City, Long Island,
with her husband and two daughters.
Nancy McKeagney Votto is working toward a master's
in nursing at Quinnipiac University.
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Jeanne Johnsen '72, chef extraordinaire for the
Lasell Office of Institutional Advancement picnic in
Barbara Hirschfield Henry says, "I am enjoying my
third term as first selectman of the best small town in
Rosanna Caf arella Greco is an administrative secretary
in the Genetics and Teratology Unit at Massachusetts
General Hospital. She has two sons in college.
Holly Gilfillan Ready is a gallery director /curator in
Portland, ME. She says, "I am busy painting my own work
and exhibiting as well." Holly has two boys in college.
Dianne Manning Stark is a merchandising buyer for a
golf shop at a private club. She has been married for 20
years, has three children, and lives in Wrentham, MA.
"I'd love to hear from the friends of '77," writes Kristin
Nancy Cantey Banasiak is an assistant professor at
Yale University and a pediatric nurse practitioner at Yale
New Haven Hospital. She is married and has three chil-
"I've been an OB nurse since graduation, and have
spent the last 17 years in labor and delivery," writes Gayle
Godbout Dadekian. Gayle has been married 25 years and
has two sons.
Alison Ix Lutes recently saw Lisa Hines in Boston.
Alison says, "We swapped funny stories of life in
McClelland and New Dorm in 1976.
"Where was everyone for our 25th reunion?" asks
Lorraine Davies Ellerson opened a commercial /resi-
dential interior design firm in Maryland. Her daughter is in
elementary school and her stepdaughter is in college. "We
are chartering a sailboat for a family vacation."
An update from Christina Hershey Katsarsky: "I am
married with two boys, living in Syracuse and helping my
husband with his dental practice. We miss Boston!"
Recognition went to Rita Kilinski Talbo (Nursing '83)
who received the first humanitarian award and employee
of the year for the Osceola Regional Medical Center in
Kissimmee, FL. She was runner-up for the Nursing
Spectrum Magazine's "Nurse of the Year Award," Horida
"July 3, 2002 was my last day with John Hancock, after
over 17 years and 5 months," says Robin Tavekelian. She
continues, "Happy independence day to me. So long to the
12-hour per week commute and all that goes with it."
"A warm Texas hello to my class of '83 girls," writes
Lisa Adams Edwards. "We were all together recently at
Julia Schaum Ortale's wedding. It was a beautiful gala."
Our sincere condolences to Rusty Kennedy on the
death of her granduncle. According to Rusty, "He is the
man who raised me when my parents were no longer able
Caroline Knoener-Skowronek says, "Having a lot of
fun with my son, a future Lasell student. Also fortunate to
still talk with Joan O'Connor, Sue Senofonte Preis, Julia
Schaum Ortale and Lisa Adams Edwards." Regarding
reunion, Caroline says, "It was a great weekend."
"Those at reunion weekend for our 20th — we all had a
blast," admits Sue Senofonte Preis. "Can't believe we were
up until 3:30 a.m., partying with the youngsters."
Renee Reagan Booths is a senior designer of uphol-
stery fabric and lives in the Greenville, SC area. She has a
7-year-old daughter. Renee says, "I would love to hear
from the Lasell community, especially those from the class-
es of 1983-1985."
"Hello to all my nursing buddies. Time flies by so fast,"
writes Clair McCarthy Dalton. "Lef s try to meet up at
Lynn McCarthy Scuderi lives in Connecticut with her
husband of 10 years and dog, Rocky. For the past three
years she has been working as a loan officer for a mortgage
For the past year, Georgia Moran Livziey and her hus-
band have been living in Edinburgh, Scotland, as her hus-
band was transferred there for work. Georgia says, "We
love it here." In September, they are moving to Ireland for
at least six months, maybe longer. Georgia continues, "I
would love to hear from friends."
Jennifer Brosnan Squires has been married for eight
years and has three children.
Aileen Sanchez has accepted a full-time position at the
Waltham Public Library as the bilingual liaison to the
Spanish-speaking community. According to the library
director, "Aileen is already attracting more Spanish-speak-
ing residents to use the library and its resources."
"I am a stay-at-home mom and enjoy spending time
with my two handsome boys and my new baby girl,"
writes Bari Schwartz Perales.
Sue Merz is teaching kindergarten in Lincoln, RI, and
working on a master's in reading at Rhode Island College.
She says, "I would love to hear from my classmates of 1991
For the past five years, Pam Austin has been working
as a case manager and hospital liaison with the mentally ill
population. She is working toward a master's in social
Karen Humphrey-Johnson is director of student ser-
vices at University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She and her
husband bought a house in Nashua, NH last year. She
says, "No children yet but we are considering them very
Carrie Lempke Braxton accepted a position as an
account executive for Gail & Rice Productions, Inc. in
"If s nice to work with alumni and see the wonderful
changes at Lasell," writes Debbie Lestch. "I'd love to hear
Tenisha Walton continues to work in physical therapy
and was recently promoted to rehabilitation coordinator
for an alzheimer's facility. She says, "My goal is to further
my education to become an athletic trainer."
Julia Torres continues to enjoy teaching in the Newton
Patti Beck said, "I am still involved with Lasell, cur-
rently serving as president of the Alumni Board of
Management. I also have my own business as a Mary Kay
independent beauty consultant and am loving it!"
Lauren Giannattasio completed a master's in social
work from Columbia University and is working as a school
social worker for the Stamford, CT Board of Education.
"Unfortunately I won't be able to attend reunion
because I will be graduating from CCSU that weekend and
receiving a master's in marriage and family therapy,"
writes Stephanie Kingsbury.
Erin Andrews has been teaching seventh grade in the
Brockton, MA school system for the past three years and
"hopes" she will still have a job next year. She is also fin-
ishing up her master's in education.
"One more year in graduate school. Hanging in there,"
writes Shelby Derissaint.
Adrienne Reid '98 and Robert Fernandez were
married on June 7, 2003 at St. Elizabeth 's Church in
Ridgewood, NJ. Two of the bridesmaids were
classmates Jennifer Share and Ann Moy Fox.
LASELL LEAVES FALL 2003
Lynn Fager '61 to George Worthington on March 29, 2003
Carol Cacciamani '65 to Ralph Sautter in February 2003
Vicki Tenney '67 to Dr. Thomas Graboys in September 2002
Kathleen Peacock '75 to Nathaniel Benchley on May 31, 2003
Julia Schaum '83 to Thomas Ortale on May 3, 2003
Debra Ayube '90 to Timothy Glass on February 15, 2003
Tina Cosato '94 to Stephen Morcone on November 30. 2002
Kelly Vorse '97 to Richard Kazanjian on November 9, 2002
Gina Cunha '00 to Stephen Boyd on April 5, 2003
Joshua Goldstein '00 to Caryn Goldstein on August 31, 2002
Cara Scalesse '00 to Jon Dougherty on August 16, 2002
Jill Falke '01 to Daniel Welton
Christine Perry Ryan '85, a daughter, Erin Grace, on
November 9, 2002
Angela Bonacci Quinn '87, a son, Jack, in October 2002
Susan Scichilone Presti '88/'94, a son, on May 6, 2003
Jodi Donovan Turner '94, twin daughters, Kelsey Rose and
Kayla Ann, on April 17, 2003
Andrea Kneeland Bradstreet '95, a son, Adam, on September
Jennifer LaClair Schmidt '97, a son, Timothy Jacob, on
November 7, 2001
Retraction: We apologize for an error made in the last issues
of Leaves, and we are happy to report that Norma Appleyard
'51 is very much alive and well.
Helen Coons Zoller '21 on April 10, 2001
Florence Boehmcke Edmondson '23 in July 2002
Estelle Jenney '25 on January 31, 2003
Cornelia Boudiette '28 on March 13, 2003
Helen Creveling Gibson '28
Lucile Hopson Clarke '28
Natalie Robbe Hemmett '28 on May 30, 2003
Mary McConn Messeas '29
Ruth Lenahan Kask '30 on February 4, 2003
Sylvia "Sue" Morgan Williams '30 on February 25, 2003
Margorie Magune Curtis '31 on July 4, 2003
Shirley Gould Chesebro '33
Doris Lewis Folsom '33
Grace Wellington Hebach '33 on May 13, 2003
Myrtie Marshall Cochrane '34 on February 11, 2003
Gertrude Runge King '34 on May 2, 2003
Charlotte Shepherd Richards '36 on February 13, 2003
Celeste Watson '37 on January 24, 2003
Beverly Macdonald Perry '38 in May 2002
Ellen McGowan Beardsworth HS '38
Jean Peace '38 on January 7, 2003
Margaret Williams Peterson '38 on January 25, 2003
Mary-Elizabeth Wing Cray '38 on May 21, 2003
Elda Yaple Pantaleo '38 on April 5, 2003
Vyrling Rawson '39 on February 25, 2003
Barbara Clark Keenan '40 on January 17, 2003
Margaret Jefferson Picard '42 in April 2003
Victoria Muehlberg Golder '42 on May 19, 2003
Gwendolyn Prouty Bellinger '42 on May 8, 2003
Rosemary Vincent Clay '42
Joanne Jones Brothers '43 on February 8, 2003
Norma Lutz Quinn '43 on March 8, 2003
Eleanor Millard Parsons '43 on March 18, 2003
Jean Wilkinson Earnest '43 on March 8, 2003
Jane Beard Maxson '44
Barbara Bresette Southwick '44 on May 17, 2003
Jane Maynard Robbins '44 on June 13, 2003
Marcia Tenney McDiarmid '45 on March 26, 2002
Bunny Quinn McKenna '46 on May 30, 2002
Phyllis Warburton Erlandson '46 on March 29, 2003
Joan Fleming Burns '47 on June 6, 2003
Veronica Aslanian Blacquier '48 on June 23, 2003
Rosemarie Carbone Antonelli '48
Sophia Cramer Stewart '48 on March 13, 2003
Dorothy Goehring Rourke '50 on May 23, 2003
Barbara Wilson Perrault '50 on May 12, 2003
Sarah "Sally" Grahame Hitchcock Cairns '52
on March 31, 2003
Elsie Salkind Scotti '52 on November 29, 2002
Ann Coughlin '54
Carol Meyer LaViale '54 on February 26, 2003
Jane Wagner Sweeney '54 on August 17, 2002
Barbara Levine '58
Gail Schaffran Willard '58 in March 1998
Natalie Granchelli Towle '61 on March 22, 2003
Diane Korzenko Sacharko '74 on February 26, 2003
Carol Bresnahan Deslauriers '76 on March 16, 2003
Carol Amorello '82 on March 7, 2003
Shirley Fitzgerald (former staff) on May 27, 2003
Elinor Hoag (former faculty) on June 22, 2003
(see obit below)
Sylvia MacPhee (professor of Social Science) on July 6, 2003
Elinor Hoag passed away on June 22, 2003, just hours before
her 103rd birthday. She taught at Lasell College for 37 years,
from 1928 - 1965. In 1934, the Lasell Lamp was dedicated to
her. In 1965, when she retired, Hoag House was named in
her honor. She not only taught all those years, but was also in
charge of a dormitory before the "house mother" system was
put into place in the mid '40s. She was in Blaisdell for a few
years and then in Gardner for 18 years. After that she lived in
a faculty house, Nason, which has been renamed for Julia
Case '32, one of her students. In all those years at Lasell, Miss
Hoag touched the lives of so many of her students.
Dr. Sylvia MacPhee
Self-effacing, dedicated sociologist and long-time faculty
member Dr. Sylvia MacPhee, who thrived on mixing scholar-
ship with the art and craft of classroom teaching, died in her
Walpole home on Sunday, July 6th, 2003 after a brief illness.
"She was a dynamic, creative teacher/scholar on the Lasell
campus, whose concern and caring for students, and her love
for her subject, informed everything she did," said President
Thomas de Witt. "Her passing is a great loss to her family
and also to her extended family, here at Lasell."
Dr. MacPhee leaves her husband John and three children.
Dr. Sylvia MacPhee, who held the distinction of being the
second faculty member to be named the Joan Weiler Arnow
Professor, was a popular professor of Social Science at Lasell,
where, since 1979, she engaged students with her insightful
classroom teaching. She had served as the program director
of Liberal Arts from 1987 to 1989, and prior to her time at
Lasell, she was a part- time lecturer in sociology at
Northeastern University as well as a part-time instructor at
Bridgewater State College.
A graduate of Regis College, with a B.A. degree in Sociology,
Dr. MacPhee also earned her master 's and Ph.D. degrees —
both in sociology — from Northeastern University. Her first
job, following her receipt of her undergraduate degree, was
to teach sixth graders in a Catholic elementary school in
Corozal, a small, impoverished hill town approximately one
hour out of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In an interview for the Lasell Leaves, in 1999, she recalled how
living with a Puerto Rican family and earning $10 a week
proved to be a rich and memorable experience. "The com-
munity was so hospitable, I didn 't need the $10. 1 taught
English and geography — in English only, and math in the
best Spanish I could muster, and it was a special time," she
Never one to stand on ceremony, she flinched a little when
introduced with the long string of titles that surrounded her
name: associate professor and Joan Weiler Arnow Scholar,
Dr. Sylvia MacPhee, Ph.D. "Of course I am proud and happy
to have earned the recognition those titles signify" she admit-
ted happily. "But titles, unless one is very careful, can create
Breaking down boundaries, and the issue of diversity were
favorite subjects for Dr. MacPhee. "Diversity can turn out to
be risky business because to create an identity, one must set
up boundaries, and that can be, and often is, a difficult bridge
to cross since, in defining a group's story, a sense of insiders
and outsiders is created. Who ultimately is okay and who is
not? Finding a unifying threat to the group helps to set up
this 'okay-not-okay' division, which keeps a group together,
but the side effects are usually destructive." Which is why,
in her classes on race, she counseled students at the very
beginning: "Say what you feel and what you think, but don't
attack anyone. The only way to succeed here is if we all feel
safe to explore ideas and exchange points of view."
"In my classes," she continued, relishing the opportunity to
talk about her beloved teaching, "I am especially interested
in alerting students to the differences between diversity that
can be shared and celebrated with others, and the diversity
that creates boundaries, excluding others out of ignorance
and fear. If s an important task for all of us," she said. "I
believe that to be so, especially for those of us who teach."
LASELL LEAVES FALL 2003
SAVE THE DATE!
Reunion Weekend/Commencement Weekend
May 16-18, 2004
Includes Lasell Night at the Pops in de Witt Hall
with the New Philharmonia Orchestra.
Check out the Lasell College web site www.lasell.edu for
more information. Please email the Alumni Affairs Office at
firstname.lastname@example.org with any address changes or class notes.
The Alumni Affairs Office has
purchased a block of 25 tickets to the
play Moviri Out for the matinee on Sun-
day, March 21, 2004 at 2 p.m. at
the Colonial Theatre in Boston. Five-time
Grammy winner Billy Joel and legendary
director/choreographer Twyla Tharp
have joined forces to create this spectac-
ular new musical that Time Magazine
declares "The #1 show of the year!"
The play brings 26 Billy Joel classics
to electrifying new life as it tells the
story of five life-long friends over two
A light lunch will be available on
campus prior to the performance and
there will be round-trip van service to
the Colonial Theatre from Lasell. The
cost for lunch, an orchestra theatre
ticket, and van service is $89.
MARCH 21, 2004
THE COLONIAL THEATRE
Are you a Florida snowbird? Please give us your address so that we
can send you an invitation to events.
Throughout the year, the President and members of the Institutional
Advancement staff travel around the country to meet with alumni from all
class years at Lasell gatherings. If s a chance to meet and network with other
Luncheon — 11:30 am
Hartford Golf Club
West Orange, NJ
Cocktail Reception — 4:30 pm
Home of Thekrta Greenberg Horin '54
Saratoga Springs, NY
Cocktail Reception — 3 pm
Home of Kathleen Rebmann Royka '64,
co-hosted with Pell Kennedy '83
Cocktail Reception — 4 pm
Home of Elaine Burrell King 'A
Sanibel Island, FL*
Cocktail reception — 4 pm
Sanibel Country Club
Dick and Jeannine Holway
Cocktail Reception — 4 pm
Colonade Country Club
Marcia James Carthaus '57
Cocktail reception — 4 pm
2003 FLORIDA EVENTS
alumni in your geographic area while also hearing the latest information
about Lasell. Please contact the Alumni Affairs Office at (617) 243-2139 if
you can help to provide ideas, organize an event, etc. The office creates
and mails all invitations, so as host, all that is needed is to help make some
follow-up phone calls.
Boca Raton, FL*
Luncheon — 1 1 :30 am
Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club
Adelaide Shaffer Van Winkle '36
Palm Beach Gardens, FL*
Cocktail Reception — 4 pm
Thelma Greenberg Florin '54
Vero Beach, FL*
Cocktail reception — 4 pm
Pamela Porter Barefoot '65
Antiques Appraisal — 10 am •
Lasell College, de Witt Hall
Movin' Out — 2 pm
Light lunch on campus prior to
performance at Colonial Theatre
Punta Gorda — generously hosted by Charlie and Carolyn
Wood Brox '59
*A11 Florida events will be attended by faculty member Jill Carey and
two fashion merchandising seniors who will present a fashion show
of 100 years of style using the Lasell museum collection.
Sarasota — generously hosted by Jim and Bobbie Trout
Naples — Windstar Club — through the sponsorship of Del
Anderson Musgrave '49
Everglades City — Rod and Gun Club — through the spon-
sorship of Bill and Sue Slocum Klingbeil '45
Melbourne — Brevard Zoo — generously hosted by Martha
Garsh man Spector '71
Delray Beach Yacht Club — through the sponsorship of
Adelaide Shaffer Van Winkle '36
LASELL LEAVES FALL 2003
CIn April, Professor Joe Aieta,
I department of Arts and Sci-
I ences, delivered a paper,
I "Cross-Cultural Influences in
I Higher Education: From Bagh-
I dad to the West," at the 24th
I Medieval Forum at Plymouth
I State College.
Professor Aieta was awarded
membership in a National Endowment for the
Humanities Summer Institute, "French Travel
Writing from the Americas, 1500-1800." The Insti-
tute was held at the Newberry Library in Chica-
go. In addition to the general work for the
Institute, his own area of research dealt with
Jesuit writing in North America. This is the fifth
grant that Professor Aieta has received from the
National Endowment for the Humanities during
his 34 years at Lasell. Congratulations!
It was a busy July for Dean
for Student Affairs Diane
Austin. She was an external
reviewer for the Parents' Orien-
tation program at North Caroli-
na State University, and the
second edition of a first-year
experience monograph series
was published in which she
authored a chapter entitled,
"The Role of Family Influence on Student Success."
Steven F. Bloom, dean of
the School of Arts and Sciences
and professor of English,
attended the Eugene O'Neill
Society's Fifth International
Conference in Le Plessis and
Tours, France from June 5-9,
2003. Steve presented a paper
^" entitled, "The Mad Scene.
Enter Ophelia!: O'Neill's Use of the Delayed
Entrance in Long Day's Journey Into Night." His
participation in this conference was supported by
a Packard Grant. Professor Bloom continues to
serve on the Board of Directors of the Eugene
Professor David Carlson and Donahue Institute
Director Tessa LeRoux will be working together
this year on a Faculty Research Seminar, support-
ed by the Putnam Faculty Development Fund.
The research seminars are being launched under
the leadership of Mark Sciegaj, director of the
Center for Research on Aging and Intergenera-
The objective of Professors Carlson and
LeRoux's seminar is to analyze and document
the meaning and dimensions of diversity within
the Laseil College community, including Lasell
Village and the Holway Child Study Centers.
The project will encompass cross-generational
interviews, oral presentations, a traditional writ-
ten paper and a photographic display.
Elena Garcia is Lasell's new MACC Ameri-
corps*VISTA volunteer. A Spanish major at
UC Santa Barbara, Elena was very involved
with various campus outreach
programs. Among her first
Lasell responsibilities will be
overseeing Spence House,
this year's residence hall
that is reserved for students
committed to service,
Jennifer Gerstel, who will be
teaching both writing and liter-
ature courses at Lasell this fall,
received her Ph.D. from the
University of Toronto, her MA.
from Northwestern University,
and her B.A. from Tufts Uni-
versity. She has been teaching
in the College of Arts and Sci-
ences Writing Program, Boston
University. Prior to that she taught at Centennial
College in Ontario. Jennifer specializes in teaching
writing and British literature.
Margo Lemieux, a familiar face at Lasell, hav-
ing served as adjunct faculty since 1985, has now
joined the College full-time, as assistant professor
of art. Margo received her master's in education
from Curry College, and is completing a M.F.A.
at UMass Dartmouth. She received a B.F.A. from
Boston University. In addition to her extensive
teaching experience, Margo is an accomplished
graphic designer, collection administrator, and
children's book author and illustrator.
Amy Maynard, who taught
at Lasell this past year as
replacement faculty, now joins
Lasell as assistant professor of
education. She received her
master's degree in literacy edu-
cation from the University of
Southern Maine, and complet-
^ ed her undergraduate work in
' * English at the University of
Vermont. Amy is working on her doctorate at
UMass Lowell. Prior to coming to Lasell, Amy
was on the education faculty at Salem State Col-
lege. She also has extensive middle school teach-
ing experience in Massachusetts and Maine.
At a recent national confer-
ence in Chicago, Dean for
Lasell Village Paula Panchuck
was chosen as chair-elect of the
American Society on Aging's
LEARN (Lifetime Education
and Renewal Network) subdi-
vision. As chair-elect, she will
oversee selection of programs
for 4000 attendees at the 2004 ASA conference in
San Diego and at the '05 and '06 conferences as
well. As she assumes the role of chair, she will
serve on the Board of Directors of the American
Society on Aging.
Janice Savitz, who had
served as a lecturer in physical
education at Tufts, in addition
to filling the assistant sports
information director, intramural
director, and head basketball
coach slots during her eight-
year tenure at the Medford
campus, has joined Lasell as a
full-time faculty member in allied health. Janice
was the head coach of the silver medal-winning,
USA Women's Basketball Team at the Maccabiah
Games in Israel in 2001.
LeShelle Woodard joins Lasell as assistant
professor of psychology. She received her Ph.D.
and master's in clinical psychology from UMass
Boston, and completed her undergraduate work
in psychology at the University of Colorado,
Boulder. LeShelle brings extensive teaching, clini-
cal, and research experience with her, serving cur-
rently as instructor of psychology and assistant
director of research compliance services at UMass
Boston, and staff psychologist at South Shore
TO LASELL'S PRIMO COACHES:
For the 2002 - 2003 season, Dana Czapnik
was honored as New England Women's
Lacrosse Association Coach of the Year. Also,
Chris Harvey (basketball) and Giovanni Pacini
(soccer) got the Coach of the Year distinction
from the North Atlantic Conference. *
The Residential Life Staff held its 2002-2003 Banquet on Sunday, May 4. Resident assistant staff members were honored
for their academic achievement as well as for their individual and group contributions to the community.
Campaign for Bragdon Update
±T'S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THE CAMPAIGN FOR BRAGDON HAS REACHED ITS HALFWAY MARK. LASELL
alumni and friends have, yet again, stepped to the plate and raised over $2 million in gifts and pledges, a truly
impressive amount in an economic environment that has been anything but impressive. Thankfully, we are well on
our way to meeting our goal of $5 million.
Director of Campaign
and Planned Giving
I am pleased to
announce that "new"
Bragdon officially opened
its doors this September. Accommodating 60 stu-
dents, Lasell's latest residence hall is located on
the hallowed ground where the original Bragdon
Hall once stood. Students enjoy suite-style living,
with either four or six students per unit. Suites
offer a galley kitchen, common living room, and a
variety of bedroom and bathroom configurations.
Laundry facilities, common kitchen, and common
student lounge areas are also located in Lasell's
newest residence hall.
Over the course of this past year, I have trav-
eled across the country, talking with alumni and
friends about the Campaign for Bragdon and
Lasell in general. Each time I tell the "Lasell
story," I see another face light up. Whether from
an alumna from the 1930's or 1980's, the common
sentiment is always how much Lasell affected
them personally and professionally. I also hear
story after story of vivid remembrances of their
Lasell experiences, many detailing time spent liv-
ing in the "old" Bragdon Hall. I have done educa-
tional and arts fundraising for nearly 10 years and
I can honestly say that I have never heard such
detailed memories as I have from Lasell alumni.
And this is why the Campaign has worked so
well. Vivid, positive memories often translate into
generous philanthropy. We are all grateful to
those of you who have made gifts to the Cam-
paign for Bragdon and thank you, again, for your
continued and impressive support. For those of
you who have not supported the Campaign, I
encourage you to make the Campaign for Brag-
don one of your philanthropic priorities during
this next year. Remember, you can help benefit
Lasell's present and future students!
Finally, if you haven't seen the campus
recently, I invite you to visit us. I would be
happy to give you an individualized tour so you
can see, in person, how much the College has
grown and changed, yet remained the strong,
educational institution it has been for over 150
years. I may be reached at 617-243-2223 or
through email at email@example.com. Hope to hear
Director of Campaign
and Planned Giving
STUDENTS MOVE INTO "NEW" BRAGDON
President de Witt discusses the Campaign for Bragdon and other Lasell initiatives at a
President's Reception hosted by Helen "Pat" Graham Gordon '50 and Stew Gordon at
their home in Falmouth, Massachusetts on July 27.
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Count on me!
□ I would like to make a pledge in the amount of $_
to be paid over a one □ two □ three year(s).
D Enclosed please find my check in the amount of $
D I would like to place my gift on: D MasterCard® □ Visa® □ American Express 4
Expiration Date: Amount: $
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D Please contact me to discuss further details.
Please mail this form to: Cathy Black, Director of Campaign and Planned Giving, Lasell College, 1844
Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02466-2716
On September 8, the doors to "new" Bragdon opened and students began settling in.
Nancy Peirce Rudolph '55 is
New Annual Fund Chairperson
We ARE PLEASED TO WELCOME NANCY PEIRCE RUDOLPH '55 AS OUR NEW
chairperson for the Lasell College Annual Fund.
^ H^ Elected to the Board of
^r ^k Overseers in 1996, and the
, "^k Board of Trustees in 1997,
Nancy brings to her new
position the enthusiasm and
experience of a long-term
^| j/^ volunteer, particularly in
Nancy Peirce Rudolph her Hudson River Valley
hometown the Town of
Washington, NY. She has been a member of the
Conservation Advisory Commission and has also
been a trustee of the Stanfordville Free Library
for nine years, currently serving as president of
Nancy Rudolph and her late husband, Alan,
were generous supporters of the Lasell 150 Cam-
paign which successfully concluded in 2001 in
celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lasell's
founding. Nancy is pleased to have the opportu-
nity to continue the fine work that was done by
Elisse Share in her tenure as Annual Fund Chair-
person. "I am looking forward to working with
Noni Linton, director of Annual Giving, and the
Institutional Advancement staff, to expand the
base of donors which will enable the Annual
Fund to grow," Nancy states. The Lasell College
Annual Fund is in very good hands with Nancy
Rudolph as chairperson. **-
Thank You to Outgoing
Annual Fund Chairperson
tliLISSE ALLISON SHARE '65, CHAIRPERSON OF THE
Lasell College Annual Fund since 1996 has stepped down after
leading the Annual Fund for seven successful years of growth.
Elisse Share's devotion to the College and her
contributions to the institution as an overseer,
trustee, alumna, parent of an alumna, and Annu-
al Fund chairperson have been considerable as
she committed herself to getting the message out
to alumni about Lasell's unique academic
opportunities during the College's transition
to co-education. Her particular interest in the
student Phonathon Program has helped this
important fundraising group grow during her
tenure as they reach out to all Lasell alumni and
Elisse Allison Share
says, "Having the
watch our students
grow and interact with alumni, to let them know
how important it is to support the Annual Fund,
was one of the highlights of the last seven years."
We are grateful to EUsse Share for her commit-
ment to Laseil's future and her willingness to
give so freely of her time on behalf of the Col-
PHONATHON CAPTAIN NAMED
Upon completion of another highly suc-
cessful year of phoning, the Lasell College
Annual Fund Phonathon team celebrated
at an end-of-year dinner hosted by Presi-
dent de Witt at his home. They generated
over $6,000 more than last year for the
Annual Fund, and contributed to increas-
ing the number of donors, bringing the
level of participation up two full points
higher than last year.
Heather Ely '04 is the new Phonathon captain. An
athletic training major from East Haven, VT, she is
no stranger to the Annual Fund Office.
"I am definitely looking forward to serving as this
year's captain," says Heather. "It is a welcome change to
all my athletic training work, and I always enjoy con-
necting and networking with alums over the phone."
the Director of
jTTLN important challenge
was offered to the Annual Fund for
the 2002-2003 year. Alumna Joan Howe
Weber '51 generously offered
a challenge of up to $25,000 to non-
reunion alumni donors to increase their
support or to make a first gift to the
Fund, which she would match.
This special opportunity realized more
than $25,000 in new and increased gifts,
helping to bring the final total to $542,000
and raising alumni participation by two per-
to 25%. This is
100 new donors
for each per-
We talk about
the Annual Fund because it is important to
the College's growth. A key ingredient in
Lasell's success in receiving grants from
foundations for special projects is the
strength of the College as perceived by its
constituencies (alumni, friends, parents, facul-
ty and staff). A measure of this strength is
seen in the willingness of these constituencies
to support the College's Annual Fund. This
year's growth in participation indicates to
foundations that might consider Lasell a wor-
thy recipient of their philanthropy that their
funds will be used to further strengthen a
growing institution. So, an increase in Annual
Fund participation is welcome indeed.
We are grateful to all of the many alumni,
parents, friends, faculty and staff who
helped this year's Annual Fund achieve a
new level of participation and continue its
tradition of helping provide funds for
immediate use for the College's most
Director of Annual Giving
Director of Annual Giving
ALUMNI NEWS & EVENTS
From the Director
of Alumni Affairs...
Everyone at Reunion 2003 had lots of fun
and there were some wonderful comments
sent in, including...
'Those at Reunion Weekend for our 45th —
all of us had a blast! I think the key is to stay
on campus the entire weekend and have that
time together and to also have the planned
activities on campus too.
We all had the greatest
reunion ever and I know
even the first-timers will
be returning for the
50th. They could not
believe what they had
been missing the past 45
years. With age comes
wisdom — some of us
actually have to get real-
ly old before we smarten
up. Mark your calendar
for May 2008. See you on campus."
— Jeanne Bradner Morgan '58
For more comments, please check the
website: http: / / www.lasell.edu/alumni
I am confirming reunion class liaisons for
2004. If you have an interest in helping out,
please let me know as soon as possible. Our
goal is to have someone from every reunion
class have a contact in each of the residence
halls in which you lived on campus. Then we
will try to put everyone in touch with a class-
mate. If you know of a classmate who has lost
contact with Lasell and would like to be a
part of Reunion, please get in touch with the
Alumni Affairs Office at (617) 243-2139 or
Thanks to all of you for being such active,
engaged alumni. Your presence at Lasell
enriches us all. So, please stay connected
with us. We look forward to hosting you
on campus during Reunion Weekend 2004.
Karen Gill, Director of
Karen B. Gill
Director of Alumni Affairs
CALLING ALL ORPHEAN SINGERS
Saturday, May 15, 2004
Take the stage
Sing at the Reunion Concert
with Tom Chapin and
The New Philharmonia Orchestra
Lasell Medallion Awarded
to RoseMary B. Fuss
RESIDENT DE WITT PRESENTED THE 2003 LASELL MEDALLION
to RoseMary B. Fuss, who unfortunately could not attend the convocation
ceremony. However, for the first time in Lasell history the recipient's remarks were shown
in a moving and captivating video presentation that RoseMary herself created, starred in,
and edited. The video, which drew cheers from the audience, was an impressive example
of RoseMary Fuss' technological expertise and her creativity
President de Witt made the following remarks:
RoseMary's passion for Lasell is infectious and
we are very lucky to have such an incredibly
strong supporter who, although not an alumna, has
willingly given her time and personal commitment
to the College for the past 13 years. At the moment
she is donating her expertise, energy, and intelli-
gence to Lasell by serving as a trustee of the
College, chair of the Lasell Village trustees, chair
of the facilities committee, and as a member of the
College's strategic planning committee.
Somehow, in spite of all these responsibilities,
RoseMary still found time to be the creative force
behind the Lasell 150 Web site and its museum
pages, and became a Lasell historian in the process.
She has always had a strong interest in technology.
She initiated and ran a computer program at her
sons' school, St. John's Elementary, in Wellesley,
and her hobbies include digital archiving. On this
campus it is very fitting that the RoseMary B. Fuss
Teaching and Learning Center for Faculty in
Brennan Library has been established in her name.
A commitment of education runs deep in
RoseMary's family. Her mother, Ida Benigno,
was a beloved elementary education teacher
who touched many lives and, in 1994, RoseMary
dedicated a classroom in Wolfe in her honor.
Following in her mother's footsteps, after
graduating from Muhlenberg College, RoseMary
became a Spanish teacher before she decided to
RoseMary B. Fuss
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change direction and
move to investment
RoseMary has been
known to say, "Give
me a job and I will do
it," and Lasell has
been so fortunate to
have her as a team
member. She even
managed to get her
into a tuxedo in order
to serve as master of
ceremonies extraordinaire for the Sesquicentennial
Gala Celebration in 2001.
Each year a committee appointed by the
Alumni Association's Board of Management
selects individuals to receive the Lasell Medallion.
The bronze award may be presented to "any
member of the Lasell family who, by virtue of
distinguished service to the College or society at
large, has brought added honor to the name
Lasell." Nominations for the 2004 award, which
will be presented at the Reunion Convocation on
May 15, should be sent to Medallion Chair, Lasell
College Office of Alumni Affiars, 1844 Common-
wealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02466-2716. »-
LIFE AFTER LASELL
Patti Beck '97 and Gus Batista '02 at the "Life After Lasell" seminar.
The Board of Management of Lasell Alumni, Inc. sponsored a "Life After Lasell" seminar
for current juniors and seniors. They learned all sorts of information, including how to rent an
apartment, negotiate their first job salary and benefits, select a good wine on a tight budget, etc.
Guest speakers included Patti Beck '97, Gus Batista '02, and Mary Lochner, a real estate rental
agent for Coldwell Banker.
ALUMNI NEWS & EVENTS
Nancy Lawson Donahue '49 and Husband,
Richard Donahue, Honored by Merrimack
It is rare in this life to meet a couple who, through the strength
of their partnership, accomplish more than seems possible. Nancy and Dick Donahue
are, without a doubt, one such couple.
Nancy, a member of Lasell's Board of
Trustees and its former vice chairman, has been
a strong and thoughtful leader during a period
of rapid change at the College. In 1998, the Don-
ahues established the Nancy Lawson Donahue
'49 Institute for Values and Public Life, which
focuses on existing and emerging issues facing
Lasell. In addition, Nancy served as a member
of the Mission Committee charged with study-
ing the merits of co-education at Lasell as well
as being a key volunteer for the Lasell 150
Clearly, the Donahues have impacted Lasell in
a most powerful way. Their philanthropy and
volunteerism stretches well beyond Lasell, to
include a number of other institutions including
the Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) in
On lune 20, the MRT honored the Donahues
for their generous support and enthusiastic
activism on the theatre's behalf, at a 25th
anniversary gala celebration held at the Lowell
Nearly 500 people gathered for the festive
black tie celebration to recognize the outstanding
accomplishments of three of Lowell's shining
stars: the Donahues and the Emmy-nominated
actor, Michael Chiklis.
Two key events made the evening especially
memorable for the Donahues.
Nicola Tsongas, wife of the late senator Paul
Tsongas, and former Lasell College board mem-
ber, presented the Donahues with the Tsongas
Award, created to "single out those remarkable
citizens whose public and private search for
inclusive values has provided leadership in Mer-
rimack Repertory Theatre's and the larger com-
munity's cultural journey."
Nancy and Richard Donahue at the Merrimack Repertory
Theatre in Lowell, MA.
The MRT also announced the naming of the
Richard K. and Nancy L. Donahue Center, locat-
ed in a renovated mill on the Concord River.
The Center will include administrative office
space for MRT personnel, and actors' rehearsal,
lounge and housing faculties.
As the MRT most appropriately stated,
"Nancy and Dick are two distinct individuals
looking out on the world with different perspec-
tives, but sharing and supporting each other's
strengths in core values for the benefit of public
Lasell College and the Merrimack Repertory
Theatre are two such institutions that would not
be what they are today without the passion and
generosity of Nancy and Dick Donahue. Thank
you and congratulations! »■
ANTIQUES APPRAISAL EVENT!
Sponsored by the Lasell College Alumni Association
Proceeds to benefit the Student Scholarship Fund
Saturday, March 20, 2004
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Place: Lasell College, Auburndale, MA, de Witt Hall,
Winslow Academic Center
Event Info: Appraisal Event with Antique Dealers
component (professional appraiser of items
brought in by the public who pay a fee for each item)
For more information, please visit the Web site or contact the
Alumni Affairs Office.
From the President
of the Alumni
Dear Fellow Alums:
It has now been 10 years since I was first
introduced to Lasell College and, oh, the
changes I have seen! My first four years
were as a student and as I look back, those
years were just baby steps for what the
College is doing now. . .
I remember the building of the Athletic
Center in 1997. Now in 2003, the College has
broken ground on our fourth new building
with more to come. lust six
years ago our classrooms
were filled with young
women. Now they include
young men and residents
from Lasell Village. Our
students used to receive an
associate's or bachelor's
degree . . . now they can also
receive their master's
degree. And those, my
friends, are just some of
the exhilarating changes happening at
While some of you may say, "Thaf s not
the Lasell I remember," I urge you to visit
the campus, and experience again what
made your alma mater so special. Yes, the
buildings and the demographics of the stu-
dent body may be changing, but the core
spirit of Lasell is alive and well and thriv-
ing! From the students, to the faculty, to
President de Witt, the energy on the campus
is stronger than it has been in years.
Through the Board of Management
(BOM), I am fortunate to be a part of that
excitement. I've been serving on the Board
since 1998, and have recently taken over as
president. I welcome the challenge and look
forward to each of you returning to Lasell in
the near future.
If you would like to find out about events
at Lasell or would like more information on
the Board of Management, please contact the
Alumni Office. The BOM is a great way to
reconnect with Lasell and your fellow
I look forward to the next two years with
anticipation and hope to see you soon.
Patti Beck '97
President, Lasell Alumni Association
ALL-ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND 2003
hen asked if they zvould encourage other alumni to attend their Reunion...
Yes — absolutely! It is so gratifying to see the changes responsible for Lasell's
resurgence. But there's enough of the "old" left for reminiscing — and then of course,
the "catching up" time with friends: the hugs, the screams, the photos — just great!"
— Elsie Knaus Klemt '53
Class of 1953: First row (left to right): Janet Rummel Hayes, Bev Thornton Hallowell, Donna Ross Hurley, Janet Gleason
Nolan, Shirley Vara Gallerani, Mary Ann Donahue, Louise Dawe Turner, Betty Lou Page. Second row: Jean Nazarian
Martinian, Marie DiSilva Stocki, June Martin Godfrey, Priscilla Boggs Killian, Carol Moriarty Phleger, Rachel Davis Van
Leer, Barbara Howell. Third row: Shirley Gibbons San Soucie, Connie Cullman Broderick, Maureen Fagan Hollf elder, Jan
Pearson Hauck, Pat Mitchel Foster, Theresa Lopas Speight, Greta Nilsson Masson. Fourth row: Jeanette Roberts Mann,
Bunny Coats Stryeski, Jane Corbin Post, Audrey Thompson Rielle, Carol Buthray DeWaele, Stephanie Wennberg Conkling,
Diane Cueny Harden. Fifth row: Carol Lindstrom Jobes, Elsie Knaus Klemt, Sylvia Pfeiffer Nesslinger, Molly Bondareff
Krakauer, Martha Guhring Gremley, Althea Janke Gardner, Jean Weeks Hanna.
Boston Duck Tour
Class of 1998 reunion gathering at the home of Urit
Chaimovitz '98 From top left: Jessica Anthony '98, J anna
O'Brien '99, Carissa Templeton '98, Nicole Dern '97, Jenn
Brooks '99, Urit Chaimovitz '98, Lauren Gianatassio '98,
Jen Gemme '99.
Classes of '58/'83 Gardner House party.
'83 Campus Transportation for Joan O'Connor, Sue Senof onte Preis,
Caroline Knoener-Skowronek and Julia Schaum Ortale.
The alumni Orphean Singers accompany the New Philharmonia Orchestra.
ALL-ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND 2003/ALUMNI EVENTS
Lasell's newest alumni are full of smiles.
Classes of '58/'83 Reunion Weekend "Opening Ceremonies.'
regarding life-long friendships that were started at Lasell and
nurtured over the years...
"A small group in the Class of
1960 get together every year for
a mini-reunion — two have lost
their husbands this year and I
know they will derive great
strength and encouragement
from the bonds that we have
been building — they will
also have a wonderful time
exploring with us and being
young at heart!!!"
— Faith Bowker-Maloney '60 Class of 1963 at Converse House.
Manu McNamara and her grandmother, Honey Markham
Wedeman '48 at the Wedeman Art Gallery Exhibit:
50 Years of Women's Suits.
A highlight of the Reunion Concert was a duet sung by President de Witt and Celeste Harring, Assistant to
Lasell Village Dean Paula Panchuck.
Jeanne Cousins, former faculty member — received a standing
ovation at Reunion Convocation.
ALUMNI NEWS & EVENTS
Lasell Online Community
.L ALUMNI SHOULD NOW BE LISTED IN THE ONLINE COMMUNITY.
If you are already a member of the community,
thanks for helping our community grow! We
want to ask that you now go to your profile page
to be sure your information is accurate and up to
date. Please go to http://lasell.planetalumni.com,
login and then click on the "edit personal info"
link located on the left side of the page to access
your profile information.
If you are new to the community, then you can
login NOW following these simple instructions:
Steps to join the online community:
• Go to http://lasell.planetalumni.com
• Under "I'm a New User," Click here to join
and follow the directions
• You need only fill out the asterisked infor-
mation — the rest is optional. Once you
complete the registration fields, you will be
ready to start interacting in the community!
Community Features include:
• Email forwarding for life
• Member directories, message boards &
• Online clubs and mentoring
• Networking, business card exchange &
• Donations online
• Reunion planning and event calendars,
• Downloadable Lasell Leaves and other
We also understand that you may not wish to
be listed in Lasell's Online Community and/or
receive messages from Lasell and you certainly
have the option to be removed. Simply reply
back to this message with "Please remove me
from Online Community" in the subject line
and we will do so.
We hope you enjoy the Lasell Online
Community experience! **■
First All-Lasell Couple Engaged
WhEN LASELL WENT COED IN 1998, the opportunity for an all lasell
engagement and wedding was suddenly a possibility. And, it's happened. Heidi Lewis '01
and Brian Smith '02 became engaged in December 2002 and plan to wed on May 8, 2004 in
Heidi graduated with a degree in Sociology
and works with troubled teens for Bay State
Community Services. Brian has a Business and
Marketing degree and is working at Babson Col-
lege in Financial Aid.
The couple is counting the days until next May "-*
and Lasell sends them fond wishes for much
future happiness together. **-
The smiles on their faces say it all.
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Tour Kicks Off Fall Alumni Events
Alumni and spouses discovered they were in for a real treat on
Sunday, September 14. It was a perfect end-of-summer afternoon for a tour of the New
Bedford Whaling Museum, and a chance to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.
$1 million challenge that Joan Weiler Arnow '49
and Bob Arnow have offered to help the
Campaign reach its $5 million goal. **•
The event was made possible by Helena Hart-
nett, former overseer and Dean of External
Affairs at Lasell. She is now director of develop-
ment at the Whaling Museum, the largest such
museum in America, which is devoted to the his-
tory of the American whaling industry.
To the alumni gathering, Patti Beck '97, new
president of the Lasell Alumni Association, gave
an update on whaf s happening at the College
today. Top on her list was Lasell's record enroll-
ment and the opening of "new" Bragdon, the 60-
bed residence hall which will help accommodate
the College's burgeoning student population.
Nancy Grellier '49, herself a donor to the
Campaign for Bragdon, spoke about the generous
With New Bedford harbor behind them, alumni and
spouses enjoy the day.
.HE THREE RECIPIENTS OF ALUMNI
Association Scholarships this year are
returning students who have demonstrated
their outstanding ability as scholars. They
were selected from a competitive pool of
applicants and bring a wide range of
talents to the Lasell community.
Most are leaders and volunteers in extra-
curricular activities on and off campus including:
Women's Soccer representative for the Student
Athlete Advisory Council, camp counselor, blood
donor, Big Brother/Big Sister, DARE, Emerging
Leaders, technical support assistant, Men's Soc-
cer, sophomore class president, Honors Program,
newspaper writer, Food Committee, and Student
The recipients for the 2003-2004 school year are:
Allegra DeLuca, a business management junior
from Johnston, RI
Edin Rizvanbegovic, a management informa-
tion systems junior from Maiden, MA
Keith Tower, a marketing sophomore from
Salem, MA **•
Where are our Alumni?
We would like to increase atten-
dance at various alumni events and
look to you to offer suggestions and
ideas about what you would like
from your alma mater. We try to
offer events that are social in
nature, but also have an education-
al component. Please share your
thoughts by contacting us.
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ALUMNI NEWS & EVENTS
It's True ... Membership Does Have its Benefits!
nlock the Power of Membership!
Congratulations on your status as a Lasell College alum! As a Lasell alumna,
and as a member of the Lasell Alumni Association, you have access to an exciting
range of special benefits.
The Alumni Association is a vital organization
through which alumni maintain their ties with
the College and the network of more than 11,000
contactable Lasell graduates. Since Lasell's found-
ing in 1851, more than 18,000 alumni have been
proud to call the leader in innovative education
their alma mater.
We hope that you take advantage of these ter-
rific opportunities! If online, print out your mem-
bership card at www.lasell.planetalumni.com and
get ready to enjoy your Lasell alumni experience.
If not, please contact the Alumni Office and we
will mail you a card.
We look forward to working with you and see-
ing you at various events. Please call the Alumni
Office with any questions at (617) 243-2139.
The following benefits are subject to availability
(students have first priority):
• Online Interactive Community — features
— Email forwarding for life
— Member directories, message boards
& real-time chats
— Online clubs and mentoring
— Networking, business card exchange
& job listings
— Safe, secure online donations
— Reunion planning and event calendars
— Photo albums
— Downloadable Lasell Leaves and
• Brennan Library — Resources available
include: books and periodicals; computer
databases; Minuteman statewide library
• Career Planning and Placement — Services
are available to alumni throughout their
working lives. This office provides compre-
hensive career planning and placement ser-
vices which include: career exploration;
resume/cover letter preparation; interview
coaching and a job bank of available posi-
tions — even reciprocal arrangements with
placement offices at colleges and universities
in other states!
• Workshops and Seminars — on career-
related topics sponsored throughout the year.
• Publications — The alumni newsletter, Lasell
Leaves, is produced twice a year and includes
campus update information as well as Class
Notes. The Annual Report is published at the
end of every year.
• Special Events Programming — The Office
of Institutional Advancement sponsors sever-
al events each year including regional alumni
gatherings, Alumni College seminars and
• Reunion Weekend — All alumni are invited
back to campus each year to reunite with
their former classmates to reminisce and
• Computer Lab — The "Carole Myers Lowe
'38" lab has 20 IBM compatible computers
with two laser jet printers. In addition, there
is one Mac system with desktop publishing
• Auditing Classes — With permission from
the vice president for Academic Affairs,
classes may be audited at no charge (no
Some important rules of the road, when it
comes to auditing:
— During drop /add week — an alum may
sign up for a class if space is available
— The alum is responsible for any extra fees
related to each course, such as film for a
photography course, etc.
— The course is taken for no grade, no credit
— There is no fee charged for this course
— Limit: one course per semester undergrad-
uate. Graduate level: one-time audit only.
• Regional Gatherings — Periodically, alumni
gatherings are held around the country in an
effort to connect alumni to the College on a
more personal level and provide networking
• Donahue Bookstore — enjoy a 10% discount
on all bookstore items.
• Merchandise — Lasell College merchandise
is available to alumni through the Alumni
Association and the proceeds benefit the stu-
dent scholarship program. Items for purchase
include T-shirts, tote bags, mugs, stationery,
• Athletic Center — Use of facilities during
open hours. Includes regulation-size gymna-
sium, suspended track, weight room, aerobics
room, and locker room. Athletic Center use is
available during posted hours. Hours
subject to change. Please call (617) 243-2330
Athletic Center Hours:
Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Monday-Thursday 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
• Athletic Games — Attendance at all
athletic contests is free of charge and
• French Library — The partnership brings
adult French classes to the Lasell campus,
preschool children's French classes, held at
the Rockwell Child Center, and various cul-
tural events hosted at the Yamawaki Art and
Cultural Center. As part of this partnership,
Lasell College holds an institutional member-
ship with the French Library, and provides
all members of the Lasell community with
access to the full complement of resources
and special events sponsored by the organi-
zation. To avail yourselves of the FLCC/
AFBC offerings, show your Lasell ID and
receive free access or member discounts,
depending on the event. For events requiring
reservations, alert the Library that you are
from Lasell and will be showing your ID
• Wedeman Gallery — Admission to all
exhibits is free of charge.
THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
• Audit Classes
• Use of Athletic Center — weight room, track,
aerobics and more!
• All resources of Brennan Library
• Career Planning and Placement
• Donahue Bookstore — 10% off all clothing
• French Library programming and offerings
• Business Networking
• Online Interactive Community, including
online clubs, mentoring, and business card
• Workshops and seminars on career building
and other important issues
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Individual health screenings were among the many popular
features of Expo 2003.
Senior Expo 2003
a Huge Success
for Second Year
in a Row
MAY 28TH, DE WITT HALL WAS
filled with row upon row of exhibitors'
tables, which spilled over into Glow
Lounge. More than 450 people attended,
topping last year's record. Sponsored by
Lasell Village, Community Living Network
of Newton, Newton Council on Aging, and
the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged,
the expo is one of a number of Lasell Village
educational programs offered to the greater
Newton community free of charge.
Not only did attendees comb through the
offerings of the more than 54 exhibitors, they
also participated in health screenings. Among
them were blood pressure readings conducted
by the Newton Health Department, hearing tests
by the West Newton Hearing Center, BMI (body
mass index) calculations taken by Tufts USDA
Nutritional Programs, and diabetes screening by
Newton Wellesley Hospital/Partners.
Workshops were held throughout the day on a
variety of topics. Some of the issues covered
were senior housing options, property tax issues,
elder care insurance, how to live on a fixed
income, volunteer opportunities, and computer
basics. "We were pleased to be able to make
such a comprehensive program available to the
Newton community," said Paula Panchuck, dean
for Lasell Village, "and delighted by the response
we received. We're already beginning to think
about Senior Expo 2004." >*•
PRODUCT BEING TESTED IS DESIGNED TO MAKE WEB ACCESS EASIER FOR ELDERS
Lasell Village Chosen as Beta Site
for IBM Technology
Li ASELL VILLAGE HAS BEEN SELECTED BY THE AMERICAN SOCIETY ON AGING
as one of the first sites to utilize a revolutionary technology developed by IBM to make the
World Wide Web more accessible to older adults. It is designed to assist those who have
visual limitations that make it difficult or impossible to see a Web page or those who have
motor impairments, such as tremors, that make it difficult to type or use a mouse.
The product has been well-received in pilot adults or people with disabilities. Users can try
tests by SeniorNet, which partnered with IBM in out their preferences on any Web page they
testing and adapting the technology. With the
IBM Web Adaptation Technology, individuals
can increase the size of the text on the web pages
they access, quiet a distracting background, turn
off flashing images, change the color for better
contrast, adjust the keyboard to overlook typing
errors intentionally, and avoid features that can
make the Internet hostile territory for older
choose and can immediately see the effect of
changes in text or image sizes or colors. Once
they are happy with their choices, users can save
their preferences so that all the Web pages they
visit from that point on are reformatted to be
displayed as they have requested. The tech-
nology will be available to Village residents
this fall. *•<
TWO NEW TRUSTEES ELECTED TO VILLAGE BOARD
Elliot Finkelstein, M.D. is an ophthalmologist with EYE MDs of Greater Boston, a practice he
shares with his daughter Dr. Made Himmel. He served as the President of the American Acade-
my of Opthalmology until 1998 and was also President of the Massachusetts Society of Eye
Physicians and Surgeons.
Kenneth Lloyd Minaker, M.D. is Chief of the Geriatric Medicine Unit at Massachusetts Gener-
al Hospital in Boston, a position he has held since 1995. He is also the Associate Director of
Research at Harvard Medical School's Division on Aging. He is currently a physician at Harvard
University Health Services in Cambridge, and co-director of Claude Pepper Older American's
Independence Center at Harvard Medical School.
AN ELEGANT TEA PARTY
HARPIST ANN HOBSON
When the sixth graders from the Lin-
coln School in Brookline, MA came to
the Village for their last book discussion
on June 18, a tea party was held in then-
honor. It was a happy celebration for a
very successful series. Having tea every
day was one of the themes of The View
from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg, the
Newbery Medal book everyone had read
for this session.
The intergenerational book talks were
a huge success and are being continued
In memory of resident Natalie
Sandomirsky, the Village Education and
Research Office was pleased to present
a program entitled "Ann Hobson Pilot:
A Musical Journey." Ms. Hobson is the
first harpist for the Boston Symphony
Orchestra and had recently visited
Africa to explore the roots of the harp.
She is pictured above with a Ugandan
harp. The program was a fitting tribute
for Mrs. Sandomirsky, who had hoped
to present both a brief lecture series and
a course about African culture for the
Village's spring 2003 program.
Director of Athletics Kristy Walter
Message from the Athletic Director
X^ONFERENCE EXPANSIONS HAVE BROUGHT BOTH CHANGES AND CHALLENGES TO LASELL
athletics. The North Atlantic Conference (NAC), where nine of Lasell's 12 varsity teams compete, has expand-
ed to include Thomas College, UMaine Farmington and Husson College. These teams have been accepted as
full members into the NAC and will begin competition this year. The addition of these three Maine schools
will bring the total number of members to 13 on the women's side and 10 on the men's side. The NAC has
enough members now to apply to the NCAA for the automatic bid for both the men and the women.
The growth of the NAC means new schedules,
more travel, and more competition. Our teams
that compete in the NAC are cross country, bas-
ketball, field hockey, soccer, softball, and
women's volleyball. Each of these teams' confer-
ence schedules have expanded to include the new
conference members. The schedules this year will
also include more overnight travel and some
additional back-to-back weekend games. The level
of competition will also increase this year as only
eight teams will qualify for NAC championship
tournaments. In the past, all of the teams quali-
fied for the tournament. Conference games will
have more importance as only the top teams will
advance to the play-offs. Lasell athletes expect
to be competitive in the conference across the
board and will look to compete for each NAC
title this year.
The New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance
(NEWLA) and the North East Collegiate Volley-
ball Association have also expanded for '03 -'04.
Emerson College has been accepted into NEWLA
and will begin competition this year and MIT has
been granted membership into NECVA, the con-
ference in which the men's volleyball team com-
petes. Each of these teams will add a new level of
play to these conferences.
The new conference members increase the
visibility of the conferences and of Lasell College
athletics. The expansion also raises the competi-
tion level for all of the athletes. With these new
additions and changes, the '03 -'04 seasons should
prove to be exciting ones for all of the Lasell
OVERALL RECORD: 7-17
CONFERENCE RECORD: 4-12
Men's volleyball Head Coach, Scott Abbotts,
struggled with multiple team injuries during the
season, but his players never gave up the fight. In
a match against Mount Ida, the Lasers lost their
setter, Matt Staley '03, to a knee injury and the
team's back-up setter, Jason Lively '04, was
already sidelined with an injury. Freshman Tim
Bishop stepped in, and the Lasers were victorious.
The team looks to rebuild next year, as it will
return only a handful of players.
OVERALL RECORD: 7-8
PILGRIM LEAGUE: 3-3
It was Coach Timothy Dunton's first year and it
was a very tough season schedule, but the men's
lacrosse team landed its first ever bid to the ECAC
Senior Mike Norton broke the Lasell record for
scoring with his 107th goal, and was named an
All-Conference attackman. Louis Lucchetti '05,
was first in the country in assists for Division III
lacrosse, an All-ECAC tournament selection,
Co-Player of the Year for the Pilgrim League,
and was named an All-Conference midfielder.
In the goal, Colby Gorniewicz '06, made an
incredible 212 saves. "He came to us as an
attack," explains Coach Dunton, "but when we
lost our goalie, he stepped forward and filled the
This is a team with a lot of talent and the 2004
season should be both exciting and successful.
OVERALL RECORD: 6-7
CONFERENCE RECORD: 3-3
Under the guidance of new Head Coach Dana
Czapniak, who was named NEWLA Coach of the
Speed and determination are lacrosse requirements.
Year, it was the most successful season to date for
women's lacrosse. They achieved their record
despite playing a man down against several
A huge factor in the team's success was their
offensive power. NEWLA Rookie of the Year
Mandi Rapisardi '06 led the conference and the
team in scoring with 57 goals and 14 assists.
Between the pipes, sophomore goalie Rebecca
Christopher had 123 saves in 13 games and was
named to the AU-NEWLA second team.
The team will not be losing any players and
the 2003-2004 season looks bright.
OVERALL RECORD: 16-17
CONFERENCE RECORD: 11-7
The Lasers traveled to Florida for pre-season
and when it was time to head north they had
defeated both Trinity and Dickenson Colleges and
were ready for the regular season and the open-
ing of the new Taylor field. However, the rain
and snow conditions of this past spring made
play difficult and produced the longest game in
the College's softball history. On April 2, they
met Lesley Univesity, the game was postponed
because of rain, and not completed until April 16.
Although unable to repeat as NAC champions,
the team did make it to the NAC semi-finals and
many of the players were recognized for their
efforts. Laura Stone '05 pitched two shut-outs and
was named to the NAC Second Team, and she
and fellow pitcher Sonja Landry '04 were named
to the All-NAC Tournament Team. Seniors Wendi
DeFilippo and Britney Falite were both named to
the NAC First Team.
Although sad to see these two valuable seniors
graduate, the team is looking forward to next
year's season. **-
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SPORTS NEWS AND LASELL COLLEGE ATHLETIC CALENDAR FOR FALL 2003
Listings that appear in capital letters denote home games. Occasionally, due to weather, etc., dates and times may change.
For confirmation, please check with the Athletics Department at (617) 243-2147.
FIELD HOCKEY FALL 2003
4 Thursday @ Anna Maria College
6 Saturday @ Worcester Polytechnic Institute
9 Tuesday FITCHBURG STATE COLLEGE
15 Monday AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE
20 Saturday ©Husson College*
25 Thursday WHEELOCK COLLEGE*
27 Saturday @ St. Josephs College (ME)
1 Wednesday REGIS COLLEGE
4 Saturday @ University of Maine Farmington*
5 Sunday @ Thomas College*
7 Tuesday BECKER COLLEGE*
1 1 Saturday @ Simmons College*
15 Wednesday @ Salem State College
18 Saturday UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND*
21 Tuesday ELMS COLLEGE*
23 Thursday @ Nichols College
25 Saturday CASTLETON STATE COLLEGE*
28 Tuesday WNEC*
2 Saturday NAC Quarterfinals
5 Tuesday NAC Semi-finals
8 Saturday NAC Finals
'North Atlantic Conference Game
** Parents Cookout
Head Coach: Jessica King (5th year)
Goalie Coach: Kelly Sullivan (5th year)
MEN'S SOCCER FALL 2003
5 Friday ©UMASS Dartmouth
9 Tuesday TUFTS UNIVERSITY
13 Saturday MCLA
16 Tuesday @ Clark University
20 Saturday JOHNSON STATE COLLEGE*
21 Sunday CASTLETON STATE COLLEGE*
24 Wednesday BECKER COLLEGE*
29 Monday Emerson College
©Mount Ida College*
ST. JOSEPH'S COLLEGE (ME)
SALEM STATE COLLEGE
MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY*
© University of Maine Farmington*
© Thomas College*
© Suffolk University (site TBD)
@ Elms College
2 Sunday Quarterfinals
6 Wednesday Semi-Finals
8 Saturday NAC Championship
*North Atlantic Conference Match
Head Coach: Giovanni A. Pacini (6th year)
Assistant Coach: TBA
Goalie Coach: Jarrod VanDerwerken
Manager: Jacqueline Senos
WOMEN'S SOCCER FALL 2003
6 Saturday © St. Joseph's College (ME)
12 Friday ROWAN UNIVERSITY
16 Tuesday FITCHBURG STATE COLLEGE
18 Thursday ©Babson College
20 Saturday JOHNSON STATE COLLEGE*
21 Sunday CASTLETON STATE COLLEGE*
24 Wednesday © Becker College*
27 Saturday MOUNT IDA COLLEGE*
BAY PATH COLLEGE**
MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY*
© Lesley University*
© University of Maine Farmington
© Wheelock College*
© Brandeis University
h Denotes North Atlantic Conference game
** Friends & Family Weekend
Head Coach: David Glidden (3rd year)
Assistant Coach: TBA
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL FALL 2003
1 1 Thursday
© Springfield Tournament 5:00 p.m.
© Springfield Tournament 9:00 a.m.
© Newbury College 7:00 p.m.
ANNA MARIA COLLEGE 7:00 p.m.
© Suffolk University TBD
MOUNT IDA COLLEGE* 7:00 p.m.
WESTFIELD STATE COLLEGE 7:00 p.m.
(tri w/Maine Farmington)* 1:00 / 3:00 p.m.
INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 7:00 p.m.
ELMS/BECKER TRI-MATCH* 1 :00 / 3:00 p.m.
1 1 Saturday
© Bay Path (tri w/ Lesley)*
© University of New England 7:
UMASS BOSTON 7:
©Eastern Connecticut State Tournament5:
©Eastern Connecticut State Tournament9:
@ Emerson College
© WNEC Tournament
© Regis College 7:
EASTERN NAZARENE COLLEGE 12:
ST. JOE'S (ME) 2
1 Saturday © Mount Ida vs. Husson & MMA*
6 Wednesday NAC Quarterfinals
8 Saturday NAC Semi-finals & Finals
*North Atlantic Conference Match
Head Coach: Mary Tom (6th year)
Assistant Coach: Karin Chue (6th year)
MEN'S & WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 2003
Elms College Invitational
Keene State College
Regis College Invitational
NAC © Castleton State
ECAC © Tufts
Men's & Women's Head Coach: Larry Sullivan
MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE 2003-2004
Tip-Off © Brandeis
Tip-Off © Brandeis
2 Tuesday © Colby College
6 Saturday © Castleton State College*
7 Sunday @ Johnson State College*
10 Wednesday BECKER COLLEGE*
13 Saturday © Newbury College
© Elms College*
UNIV. OF MAINE Farmington*
© Mount Ida College
CASTLETON STATE COLLEGE*
JOHNSON STATE COLLEGE*
© Keene State College
© Husson College*
@ Maine Maritime Academy*
© Western Connecticut College
© Becker College*
MOUNT IDA COLLEGE
© Thomas College*
© University of ME Farmington*
MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY*
'Denotes North Atlantic Conference Game
Head Coach: Chris Harvey (4th year)
Associate Head Coach: Reggie Hobbs (4th year)
Assistant Coaches: Ryan Kilian (2nd year); Mitch Lyons (2nd year)
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE 2003-2004
21 Friday Tip-OffEmmanuel 3:00 p.m.
22 Saturday Tip-OffEmmanuel TBD
25 Tuesday © Simmons College 7:00 p.m.
1 1 Thursday
© Daniel Webster College
© Newbury College
© Bay Path College*
7 Wednesday © Regis College 7:00 p.m.
14 Wednesday © Elms College* TBD
17 Saturday UNIVERSITY OF MAINE Farmington*4:00 p.m.
18 Sunday THOMAS COLLEGE*
20 Tuesday © Fitchburg State College
22 Thursday ©MIT
24 Saturday CASTLETON STATE COLLEGE*
25 Sunday JOHNSON STATE COLLEGE*
31 Saturday @ Husson College*
1 Sunday © Maine Maritime Academy*
7 Saturday © Becker College*
10 Tuesday LESLEY UNIVERSITY*
12 Thursday © Mount Ida College*
16 Saturday © Thomas College*
17 Sunday © University of ME Farmington*
17 Tuesday @ Lesley University*
23 Saturday HUSSON COLLEGE*
24 Sunday MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY*
24 Tuesday NAC Quarterfinals
27 Friday NAC Semi-Finals
28 Saturday NAC Finals
*Denotes North Atlantic Conference game
Head Coach: Dan Hunt (3rd year)
Assistant Coach: Tricia Sylvester (1st year)
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